Fall season begins for Cyclones teams
A change at the top hasn’t changed how Moraine Valley College will approach the 2014 volleyball season.
Two straight appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament have made the Cyclones a marked team. But that was accomplished under the guidance of longtime head coach Gloria Coughlin, who stepped down at the end of last season. A large chunk of the squad’s high-achieving roster has moved on as well.
That means first-year coach Mark Johnston has some adjustments to make. Even with 10 newcomers on hand, however, he is not lowering Moraine’s expectations.
“I believe we have what it takes to win [the Illinois Skyway Collegiate] conference and ultimately earn another bid to nationals,” said Johnston, a former setter at Lakeland (Wis.) College who has spent the past decade coaching volleyball at St. Ignatius.
“We have 14 athletes on the roster this year, making the team deep at every position. We will be very strong on the defensive side of the ball, we have a very solid block and our back-row play will be our biggest strength.”