Inexperience won’t slow Miners’ volleyball team

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The Miners return only four varsity players from last season’s team that finished 9 – 7 and in 4th place in the season-ending section standings. Mireya Tamayo, an all-section performer in 2013, Kadi Monfred, Lyana Waddell, and Ashley Vargas are the only returning players in 2014.

“We’ll have 66 percent of our roster made up of new players,” said San Manuel Athletic Director Al Trejo, who took over the girls’ volleyball head coaching responsibilities this season. “What we lack in experience will be made up with tenacity. These girls are hard workers and we don’t expect 100 percent effort, rather 110 percent from each player.”

Three seniors, four juniors, and five sophomores make up the Miners’ 2014 roster.

Trejo says attention to detail will be important for his team this season. Capitalizing on opponents’ mistakes and remaining focused, even when adversity strikes, will be keys to a successful season for the Miners.

Trejo, a former track and wrestling coach at San Manuel, is beginning his first season as a volleyball coach. His staff includes Miners’ alum Cindy Navarro. Manny Navarro is the team’s conditioning coach.

The Miners open their season at home on September 2 versus San Miguel. The match is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Upcoming games include September 4 @ Ray (6:00 p.m.) and September 11 vs. San Carlos (6:00 p.m.)

Andy Luberda (912 Posts)

Andy Luberda began writing for Copper Area News Publishers (CANP) in February 2013 after working15 years in Healthcare Financial Management. Andy covers sports for eight high schools. His stories are published in the Southeast Valley Ledger, Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner and Superior Sun. Additionally, he has written human interest stories and business profiles. In May 2012, he earned an AAS in Sports Management at Central Arizona College. Andy is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. Andy is scheduled to complete his degree December 2014. He was born and raised in Des Plaines, Ill. In 1992, he relocated to Arizona. After a short return to Des Plaines in 1997, he returned to the Phoenix area two years later. He and his wife, Kelli, have three sons – AJ, Kyle, and Kade.


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