Edinboro head women’s volleyball coach Missy Soboleski was asked what her goals and expectations are for the upcoming season.
Her response was simple.
“To win. To be better than the other team on any given night,” she replied.
With hard work and the right mindset the Fighting Scots will attempt to do just that as they prepare for their upcoming season that begins Friday, Sept. 4 in Canton, Ohio. They have four scheduled matches in place for that weekend at the Hall of Fame City Challenge, starting with Concord University at 12:30 p.m. The ladies will also face Urbana University Friday with their contests against Malone University and Northwest Missouri State University coming on Saturday.
The main goal Soboleski has of her players this season is to be competitive in every match. She wants her players to, “never have any regrets and lay it all out there every night.”
The Scots come back this season losing Haley Marett and Tabitha Meeks, but still have a core group of returners and several new faces who have all been working hard during preseason.
On the court, Meadville native, Victoria Severo, is a new face to watch. She is a middle hitter transfer from the University of Charleston.
“She is a very talented athlete who works hard,” Soboleski noted.
Outside hitter, Megan Screptock, has stepped up in the preseason, another Soboleski noted as one of the freshman to watch.
As for returning players to watch, Challen Litwiler (OH/L), Sydney Trathen (S/OPP) and Latoya Hutchinson (MH) are all at the top of the list.
“We have a good group of core returners that are stepping up. They are good leaders and have a great work ethic on and off the court,” Soboleski said.
Litwiler is a 5-foot-8-inch sophomore who finished last season with 125 kills. Hutchinson is a 5-foot-8-inch junior, who finished last season with 236 kills and a team leading .244 hitting percentage. Trathen, a 5-foot-9-inch sophomore, earned a total of 839 assists and 288 digs her freshman season.
Senior Marah Maycock might have a position change coming her senior year as she has been practicing as a libero this preseason. Previously, Maycock finished third on the team with 246 kills and second in digs with 343 as an outside hitter.
“She might rank up there with Brittney Flynn, as one of the best liberos, if she continues to play the way she been playing. She has been doing a nice job in preseason so far,” Soboleski said.
Maycock is looking forward to this upcoming season, regardless of where she is stationed on the court.
“Whether I’m competing as a libero or an outside hitter I really just want the team to be successful. Winning as a team is what’s most important to me,” Maycock said.
Middle hitter Maria Concheck is another senior who had a strong year last year. Concheck led the team in block solos with 31 and 79 block assists from her middle hitter position.
The Fighting Scots all seem to have the same mindset coming into this season, with winning as a team and leaving it all on the court every night.
“The PSAC said we will place fifth in the conference this year, but I think if we keep improving like we have been we will do much better than fifth,” Litwiler said.
The first home match for the Scots in McComb Fieldhouse is against Daemen College on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. The team hosts their first PSAC match of the 2015 campaign on Oct. 2 when it welcomes the Clarion Golden Eagles to the Boro.
Becca Martin is a staff writer and copy editor for The Specator.