By Will Willems Sports Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel
---- — The Zionsville Lady Eagles volleyball team went through some growing pains last season with very little varsity experience from the year before. But this season, they will not be a problem. Nearly all the key pieces for Zionsville are back from a season ago, and head coach Dawn Jones' squad is ready to make a run at the conference and sectional titles. "I think they are very conditioned and mentally ready," Jones said of the team. "We come back with almost all of our starters. We are going to have a couple of lineup changes, but we have a lot of depth, but I think we are going to be a very strong team and competitive this season." Zionsville lost two seniors who saw consistent time last season in Lauren Potoczek and Astrida Kreilis. While valuable contributors to the team, the girls ranked fourth and sixth respectively in kills and ninth and seventh in digs. The Eagles return their top hitter from last season in junior Maren Braun. Braun led the team with 399 kills a season ago. She also had 264 digs. She had kills on approximately 40 percent of her attacks a season ago. Senior Carlie Vannatta recorded 127 kills and team-best 71 blocks, while senior setter Keegan Kollias was the team-leader with 632 assists. Senior Cyra Bammer had 126 kills and 331 digs last year. For more of this story, read Aug. 21's Zionsville Times Sentinel.