Central Valley High School varsity girls volleyball head coach Regina Selfridge finalized her roster for the 2019 season on Aug. 19.
“Every girl was evaluated based on serving, passing, setting, attacking, digging, attitude, and whether or not they were coachable,” she said.
Anusha Kumar (Sr.), Anysia Lopez (Sr.), Kayla Olson (Sr.), Kaydee Peterman (Sr.), Azalia Diaz (Jr.), Samantha Espinoza (Jr.), Siera Sandoval (Jr.), Phusadee Sivongxay (Jr.), Mony Chhoeum (So.), Kimberly Garcia (So.), Sejal Malhi (So.), Julia Roton (So.) and Alondra Carrillo (Fr.) will suit up for the Hawks this fall.
“I believe the girls understand that we are coaching differently this year. We are holding them more accountable. We have already noticed that if they are “off” on a drill, they are making those adjustments we are giving them instead of making excuses."Coach Regina Selfridge
“I believe the girls understand that we are coaching differently this year,” Selfridge said. “We are holding them more accountable. We have already noticed that if they are “off” on a drill, they are making those adjustments we are giving them instead of making excuses.
Lopez, Olson, Kumar, Peterman and Diaz are Central Valley’s top returners.
Espinoza, Sandoval, Sivongxay, Chhoeum, Garcia, Malhi and Carrillo are newcomers.
“We have some new talent this year that we believe will round out our team quite nicely,” Selfridge said. “They have already stepped into those roles quite well. We are pushing our sweet girls to be more predator-like on the court. If there is a weakness on the other side of the net, we are going to capitalize on it.”
Central Valley will strive for improvement in 2019.
The Hawks struggled to a last-place finish during their first season in the Central California Conference (0-12) a year ago.
“We are in a more difficult league, which means we have to step up our game to be competitive,” Selfridge said. “We expect more wins this year. We expect our girls to reach the goals they have set for themselves. We expect the girls to achieve and smash the goals we have set for them as well. And we expect our girls to come together as one cohesive unit in order to be successful this year.”
Central Valley’s conference schedule includes matches against Patterson, Buhach Colony, Atwater, Merced, Golden Valley and El Capitan.
“A successful season for us would be for our girls to give every practice, every game, and every play their very best,” Selfridge said. “We want them to leave everything they have on the court. We are not walking away from a game wishing we had done better, wishing we had worked together better as a team, and wishing we had played more aggressively. We are not accepting anything less than their best this year. This is a team sport that relies on the whole team. We can’t be successful with only a few of the girls giving it their all.”