The Tigerettes lost 30-2A MVP Ashtin Zamzow to graduation, but welcome back Co-MVP setter Kendall Coles and Co-Newcomer of the Year Roxanne Morris.
Also back are all-district first-teamer Megan Hilscher and second-teamers Bailey Janssen and Bethany Salziger.
The Tigerettes competed in scrimmages against Yoakum, Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway and Victoria West on Friday before travelling to Port Lavaca on Saturday for a scrimmage against Calhoun.
“I was kind of nervous going into two-a-days because we didn’t have everything set yet,” Tigerette head coach Jess Morris said. “Everybody is in a new position, but they looked good during the scrimmages.”
Goliad opens the 2014 season Friday in the two-day San Antonio Wagner Tournament.
“We got second there last year,” Morris said. “We’re hoping to step up this year and get first. It will be tough, but I think we can do it.”
Morris has penciled in Kristie Coles to assume the libero duties and replace Sydney Morris, who is now playing for Victoria College.
“Kristie has done a very good job so far,” Morris said.
“We have a really limited back row right now, so we’re working a lot on our passing and getting the ball to our setters so we can get a good attack in.”
Hilscher looks to be one of the Tigerettes’ main hitters this year.
“We’re very excited about the season because we lost only three seniors and we have a lot of people back from last year, so we should be as strong as last year,” Hilscher said.
Goliad will be competing in District 27-3A with Luling, Stockdale, Bloomington, Karnes City, Nixon-Smiley and Poth.
The Tigerettes were ousted out of the regional semifinals in three sets last season by Poth.
“I think when we played them in the regional tournament, we just weren’t used to that,” Morris said. “They had been there plenty of times and they knew what to do.”
“I think our hardest competition will be Poth, but I think we can go really far this year,” Bethany Salziger said.