“It is always a goal to win league, do well in sub-state and get back to state,” Evans, head coach, said. “Those are some team goals that I like and the team always sets those.”
Evans enters his seventh year this season as head coach of the Eagles squad. His team has the opportunity this year to qualify for state for the third consecutive year in a row. The team finished the previous season with an overall record of 26-17 and won one of its three pool play games at the 3A state tournament at the Salina Bicentennial Center. Wellsville lost to Hillsboro, which went on to win the 3A state tournament, 25-13, 25-21, in its first match, but the Eagles bounced back to win the team’s second matchup against Cherokee-Southeast 15-25, 25-18, 25-13. Wellsville’s season ended when the team dropped its final pool play match against Silver Lake 25-10, 25-14.
The Eagles return three varsity players from last year’s state team in Ashley Ebeck, senior libero, Ashley Sparks, junior outside hitter, and Emily Newhouse, junior setter.
“They are going to be expected to contribute,” Evans said. “With the returning players that we have and then you put in some of the newcomers that we have, it is going to be exciting.”
Evans said there now are 25 total players on this year’s roster. There are no schedule changes from last year, Evans said, but those 25 will go up against quality competition this year in the Pioneer League.
“As far as our league goes, I think we can be underrated,” Evans said. “We are a 3A school and we have to play teams like Prairie View, Osawatomie and Anderson County, which are all 4A schools.”
Evans admitted the team to watch this year is Anderson County, but said anything can happen in league play.
Wellsville opens its season 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in a triangular match against Osawatomie and De Soto at De Soto High School, 35000 W. 91st St., De Soto.