8/26/2014 10:59:00 AM Williams Lady Vikes volleyball team ready to dig in
Gabby Giunta faces stiff Scottsdale Christian defense in a scrimmage Aug. 22 in Williams. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Cheyenne Milner looks to spike the ball high above the net. Ryan Williams/WGCN
By Loretta Yerian Williams-Grand Canyon News
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Williams has a new volleyball coach and she has high hopes for this year's season. Sarah Corker, an assistant coach last year, has stepped into her new role and is kicking off the season with a positive attitude.
Corker is excited for the upcoming season and sees potential in her players. She said she has plenty of talent to work with, starting with this year's varsity team, which has nine players, including four returning players.
"Varsity is strong," said Corker at Wednesday's pre-season practice. "This is their second year working together as a team."
Last week the team spent time gearing up for their first scrimmage and choosing team captains. As the new coach, Corker decided to let them choose their own captains.
"I want them to choose who they think will lead them best," Corker said. "Then they'll have good leaders to be a counterbalance."
Corker also has high expectations for the junior varsity. With this being one of the largest freshman classes Williams has seen in awhile, many of her 12 JV players are freshman.
"Junior varsity is focusing on a lot of skill building," she said, "They have great talent, and it's teaching them how to use that."
Even though this is Corker's first year as the Lady Vikes' head coach, she is no stranger to volleyball or Williams High School.
"I've played volleyball my whole life and all through high school. I was involved in sports and played with my brothers," she said, "Last year I was the long term sub for Heather Walker and Sheldon White. When I heard this position might be available, I was eager to take the spot."
Corker, originally from Boston and northern California moved to Flagstaff and earned her degree in history with a minor in education at Northern Arizona University. After spending some time in Williams, she is enjoying the charm of small town life.
"I've always lived in big cities, but I like small towns. It's nice knowing all the street names and all the students walking the halls and having the community support," Corker said.
Corker sees community support as very important for her teams.
"This first scrimmage was Friday against Scottsdale Christian Academy and their team had a whole lot of support." Corker said, "It would be awesome if we could get even more community support."
The team's first games will be at Williams High School Sept. 4 and Sept. 6.