Upperclassmen bring leadership and experience to the Pratt High volleyball team.

Though the Greenback volleyball team has been lifting weights three times a week throughout the summer, official practices started August 13 at Pratt High School.

Head coach, Summer Younie, said she is confident going into this season.

“We have a lot of experienced upperclassmen as well as some very talented underclassmen,” Younie said.

Altogether, the volleyball team has ten seniors out this year, many of whom have played together from a very young age. Having a team that is in sync with one another and players who know the team’s strengths and weaknesses gives them a head start moving into the season. A lot of upperclassmen translates to a lot of leadership and guidance for the younger players on the team.

There are some challenges, however.

“Trying to get all players to buy into the team concept, putting the team before our own wants and desires is difficult,” Younie said.

Even with the struggles, Younie said she has much to be excited about for the upcoming season.

“I always look forward to watching how the girls progress throughout the season,” she said. “This is by far one of my favorite parts of coaching -- watching girls achieve or accomplish more than they ever thought they could.”

The Greenbacks ended last year at sub-state with an 18-18 record but are hoping to make it further this season. Their first tournament is the pre-season CKL tournament in Halstead on August 25.