Shane Olson enters his second season as the Gallatin Lady Wave volleyball coach in 2019, and is hopeful after a year under his belt he and the team can produce more wins this year.
After finishing 5-17 last season and earning a fifth seed in the district tournament, the Lady Wave had their season end just one match into the district playoffs. Olson is optimistic that won’t be the case this year.
After spending three days at Cumberland University for team camp, Olson left Lebanon eager to get the ball rolling on 2019.
“I thought team camp was a big step forward for everyone,” he said. “We were figuring out how to work with everyone and I thought it went great. We have a new transfer student in this year so the camp was a big focus on getting everyone integrated into the same system.”
The Lady Wave welcome back three seniors in 2019 with Taylor Snow, Hannah Howell and Autumn Pincock. Olson is expecting big things from his trio.
“We talked with the seniors at camp and they thought it went really well and it was very helpful,” he said. “I’m excited for them to step into a leadership role.”
Landry Tea, the junior transfer, will step in and take over the starting setter position for the Lady Wave.
“We are very luck to have her,” Olson added. “She is tall, athletic, and a strong player.”
Tessa Kemp will also spend time at setter for the Lady Wave and after spending the off-season with her club team, Olson is excited for the sophomore’s growth this year.
“Having Tessa and Landry on the floor at the same time will be a big help for us this year,” he said. “Tessa has grown so much since last season and Landry is a strong hitter on the front row. We will utilize them both this year.”
Parker Williams, Kasey Borski, and Caleigh Holtzer will all compete for outsider hitter while Sarah Oakes will step into the starting middle position.
MacKenzie Freeman and Zoe Ford, two sophomores, will play on the right side while Jacy Diaz will return as libero.
“Now that I know the players a little better and the players know me a little better they know what I expect from them,” Olson said. “During the off-season we have really been pushing them to take this more serious because there isn’t a position on the floor that is guaranteed. I will play the six or seven hardest working girls.
“We have high expectations this year,” he continued. “I want to see us go further in the district tournament and I think we have a great chance of winning districts as long as we stay healthy and continue to get better each day.”