Bump, set, spike

By Carla Hutson
Outlook staff writer

The Lady Locomotives are practicing hard in preparation for a new season. The team welcomes a new coaching department, helmed by head coach Jodi Alexander and assisted by junior varsity coach Ali Kipp and freshman coach Tonia Moore.
Alexander brings over 20 years of coaching experience and is excited to join Laurel’s strong athletic department. “Laurel has a standard of athletic greatness,” said Alexander. “I wanted to be a part of continuing to raise the bar in the volleyball arena.” Alexander has coached club volleyball and also runs Peak Performance, her volleyball coaching business where Alexander trains all-around athletes in private and semi-private lessons and at volleyball camps throughout the area.
This year’s varsity lineup includes seniors Amber Luckenbach as a right side hitter, Maygan McFate as setter, and Shelbi Grammar as libero; juniors Aliza Pollock as outside hitter, Callie Allen as middle and outside hitter, Kylee Foos as a middle hitter and Aly Gaylord as a setter and defensive specialist; and sophomores Jessica LeFevre as an outside hitter, McKenna Robertus as an outside hitter, Riley Chapman as a middle hitter; Taryn Wommack as an outside hitter and Kaitlyn Kelley as an outside hitter. Freshman Madison Zuniga will act as an alternate throughout the season.
Alexander believes that “there are no little things,” and is pushing the team to work towards progress every day at every practice. Beyond just creating a strong varsity team, she is committed to Laurel’s entire volleyball program. “I’d like to create more opportunities not only for the high school athletes, but upcoming elementary and middle school athletes as well,” she said.
This year’s team is quickly coming together to be a competitive team within the division. “They have a desire to learn and raise their standard of play every practice,” said Alexander. “They’re willing to personally work harder than the day before to raise their individual bar, knowing that all the hard work they are putting in will pay off in the end. We focus on progress over perfection.”
Locomotive volleyball will kick off with some tournament play Aug. 26 at the Lewistown Tip Off and the Border Wars tournament in Cody, Wyo. on Sept. 2 and 3. Senior night will be celebrated at the last home game Oct. 25 versus Livingston before heading into divisionals Nov. 3-5 and state Nov. 10 and 11.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., check www.laurelexchangeclub.org for more info. Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/laurelexchangeclub . Email them to find out meeting time and to join: clubinfo@laurelexchangeclub.org The club will have a meeting or volunteer activity. Meeting location is Sid's East Side Bar & Grill on first and third Wednesdays of each month. Members and guests eat free.  Volunteer activity on the second Wednesday of each month. Check their facebook page for updates.  Every fourth Wednesday is for a club social activity. 
Monday, May 6, 2019
• Corinthian Lodge No. 72, AF&AM, first & third Monday, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple, Laurel Masonic Temple, 9900 Airport Road (except July-August)
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Tuesdays, Noon, Beartooth Grill, 305 1st Ave. S.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
10 a.m., Laurel Public Library, 720 West Third Street, Laurel, 628-4961

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