Volleyball off to 6-4 season start

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The Lady Mustangs volleyball team is off to a great start with a season record of 6-4.

This season the team is very young, with only three sophomores and eight freshmen.

All three sophomores — Kaylyn Lackey, Francesca “Frankie” Zaragoza and Marcellise Hardin — are starters.

The team’s biggest obstacle, their age, has already been overcome.

“Everybody’s getting used to playing with each other, get used to running a different system and having a different coach from what the players are used to,” said head coach Molly Mordaunt. “There’s lots of things we’re working on and as we work through, it’s fun to see them improve from where we started until now.”

However, despite their age, the team has done well, beating out some of the best teams in Northern California, giving the Lady Mustangs a 6-4 record.

“We do have a young team, but they [the players] all work incredibly hard, and with that hard work, we can be a really great team,” said Mordaunt.

Mordaunt’s plan to continue on the path to a successful season is to take advantage of each practice and focus on the tasks that are at hand, at every moment.

This is Mordaunt’s seventh year with the women’s volleyball team, the last two years as head coach and the previous five years before that as assistant coach.

Also helping lead the team this year are co-captains, Lackey and Zaragoza. Lackey played at Linden High School and Zaragoza played at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton.

This month the women’s volleyball team will play Modesto Jr. College in Modesto on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. and on Friday, Sept.28 against Cosumnes River College at home beginning at 6:30 p.m.