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Knight spikers continue rebuilding process; coach optimistic

Two-win season doesn’t mean team can’t find success in 2009.

The rebuilding process for Bremerton’s volleyball team is officially underway.

With just a 2-10 record (2-8, league), the Lady Knights are set to finish the 2008 season at North Kitsap on Tuesday with more losses than last year’s nine-loss team.

Second-year coach Joe Tubbs said Wednesday the team did “pretty well,” but it committed too many unforced errors to win matches against strong Olympic League foes.

“Our downfall was too many unforced errors,” he said. “Every game we’d have this block of errors.”

Why?

Tubbs points to youth, often times equating to mental lapses, and simply facing tough, weathered league opponents such as Olympic, North Kitsap and North Mason.

The Lady Knights simply aren’t established league contenders.

“I learned a lot this year about my team and the other teams,” Tubbs said, pointing to the league depth top to bottom. “You’re playing some of the best teams around.”

But Tubbs believes quality competition is good for his team, especially underclassmen who have little-to-no playing experience at the varsity level.

“It did make us stronger, especially the underclassmen,” Tubbs said. “I definitely think that made us a better team.”

The biggest hole to fill next year is at middle hitter, a position senior Kayla Rose anchored this year. There are, however, a few capable players waiting in the wings including Merissa Duzenski, a 6-foot-2-inch middle/outside hitter.

“They are about the same height and the same build,” said Tubbs, comparing Rose to Duzenski. “She (Duzenski) is young, she’s just getting used to varsity play.”

While BHS will lose six seniors in addition to Rose, Tubbs is confident the returnees and newcomers can make immediate impacts.

“It’s looking OK for next year,” he said.

Tubbs also wants to see the tenacity and work ethic from this year carry into next.

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