Elgin prepared to keep volleyball success
Volleyball fans: Let the mind drift back one year ago this month, and it will remember how a boulder's worth of pressure rested atop an area team.
Elgin entered 2013 with high expectations, still stocked with plenty of talent coming off an undefeated 33-0 season where it won the Class 4A state title. The Owls had graduated several seniors, but returned the state tournament's most valuable player, Jentry Holt, among a handful of other contributors.
Going unbeaten would've been difficult, but Elgin was still a favorite to repeat as champion.
"They felt a lot of pressure," said Elgin coach Brittain Walbrick, who may also have felt her share expectations, inheriting the talented group from previous head coach Lindsey Mickley, who left the school for another job.
Back to the present, the Owls feel more like pursuers than the pursued. After falling in the state finals to Mount St. Mary's last year, gone is the notion that anything less than a title is a disappointment.
That dynamic has worked wonders for the Owls, mentally.