With the graduation of all-state libero Alexis Weber and three other starters last year, Central Arkansas Christian volleyball coach Ken Roberts is considering some tweaks to the Lady Mustang philosophy for 2014.
"She was the backbone of our defense, so we’ve considered going without a libero," he said. "(At a summer camp,) we decided that our best setter is also our best defensive player, so now we’re trying to make a decision to go back to a 6-2 or a 5-1 with one setter and libero.
"But either way, it looks like Bailey Zini is going to be our libero and Sydney Foster, a senior, is our setter. We moved one of our middles to outside, Rachel Basham; she’s going to be an outside hitter and play all the way around."
Julia Faulkner will move into Basham’s middle blocker position.
Another middle blocker CAC will count on is senior Sydnie Jones, the all-state basketball player.
"She made a lot of improvement last year, and if she makes as much this year, she’s going to be really good," Roberts said. "Julia is our best defensive player on the front row. She’s really good at blocking, but she doesn’t hit as well as Sydney."
CAC opened the season Monday with a tri-match against Harding Academy and Arkansas Baptist. The Lady Mustangs will open 4A-Central play at home against Riverview on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The realigned conference also includes Arkansas Baptist, Clinton, Heber Springs, West Helena,, Lonoke, Pulaski Robinson and Southside Batesville. League format will be a double round-robin.