VASJ coach Mark Royer is a veteran with state championship experience who knows how to get a team ready for the playoffs.
That is Royer’s focus with this year’s squad as the regular season is winding down for the Vikings.
VASJ is 9-6 overall and 4-1 in the NCL White just behind St. Thomas Aquinas. The Vikings host the Knights in a key match on Oct. 3 at Viking Village.
Royer said there have been some ups and downs and few bumps in the road this season, but he still thinks this team has the talent to make a run if things fall into place.
“We took a few hits this year losing to Independence and Beaumont, but I think we are learning about the team and we are starting to figure out what positions are best for certain girls and who should be on the floor,” Royer said. “We have the skill. We are doing a little bit of tweaking due to injury or trying out girls in new spots, but now it is a matter of honing things. Getting all the details right as we try to make a push for the postseason.”
Middle hitter Bobbi Rempe and outside hitter Sophia Tromba have been consistent producers for VASJ. Sophomore outside hitter Christian Wilson has emerged as a force in the offensive attack as well.
Setter Becca Korosec continues to be among the top at her position in the area. Junior libero Reilly Seagroves has had a very strong season as well for the Vikings.
With three NCL White games remaining as well as the Mayfield Tournament and a road match at Hathaway Brown still on the schedule, Royer wants to see the team continue to improve and lock in with the lineup and rotation that will carry into the postseason.
“The important thing is not to get stagnant, to keep honing the skills and find the lineup that is going to work best and go with it,” Royer said. “This team has the skill set to compete. We have shown that. But, we have also made some mistakes and lost some matches because of it. But, the good thing is they recognize what needs to get fixed and they are working at it. The idea is to keep getting better and to be the best version of the team when the postseason arrives.”