You could say the Big Bear varsity volleyball team will be a little slim in the middle when it opens the 2019 season at the Blackhawk Tournament, Saturday, Aug. 17. That’s because one of the Lady Bears’ middle attackers, Bella Joha, will miss the tournament so she can attend her sister’s wedding. The other, Ashley Everman, isn’t at full speed because of a shoulder injury.

The lack of depth in the position to start the season isn’t a concern for Big Bear head coach JoAnne Matlock. She sees it as a chance to look at younger players and see what they can do in the middle, she said.

“We’re definitely going to be trying out some things,” Matlock said.

Experience isn’t a problem at the other positions. Junior Dallas Rahill returns as the team libero. Senior Kyla Francis and sophomore Alissa Everman share setting duties, and seniors Macy Egerer and Justyne Coyle are experienced on the left side of the net.

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