Her fresh face is also a ray of light for the girls as well. Vype
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New Oak Ridge volleyball head coach Rachel Croley has the War Eagles poised for a potentially long playoff run.
With a large of amount of coaching turnover, the new coaches brought along a sense of hope in Oak Ridge’s attempt to redeem itself from an early playoff exit last year.
The Lady War Eagles are no stranger to struggles lately, so a clean slate may just be what they needed.
Croley has a tremendous past as a former assistant head coach for the War Eagles cross town rivals, The Woodlands Highlanders.
There, she was under the coaching of Terri Wade where she gained experience to help her in running her own successful volleyball program. She has been to playoffs often and even went on to the State tournament with TWHS.
“It has been very positive,” Croley said of her transition to Oak Ridge. “I love these girls and it’s been great.”
A new environment is tough for everyone, but Croley is ready to take it head on with positivity and teamwork.
Her fresh face is also a ray of light for the girls as well.
“I love her. Even when we’re not doing good she will always be positive and help you,” senior setter Kenzie Arent said.
While most of the Astros roster is returning for the 2024 season, there are still some areas of uncertainty for the club. Astros manager Joe Espada will have some tough decisions to make in his first season managing the team.
The Astros infield is set, so we know who will be playing on a nightly basis, assuming health. The outfield is where things get tricky. Espada told the Houston Chronicle last week that he hopes to play Alvarez more in left field this season, which would open up the DH spot for Chas McCormick and players he would like to rest while keeping their bat in the lineup (Yainer Diaz, Jose Altuve, etc).
Astros GM Dana Brown would like to see if Jake Meyers can hit well enough to play regularly in center field. This is a team that stresses defense, which Meyers provides. But if defense is the top priority, wouldn't that mean Chas McCormick should play left field with Yordan Alvarez hitting in the DH spot?
Certainly, there will be nights when that's the case. The reality of the situation is all these guys are going to play, but how much and where is yet to be seen.
Houston plays 20 games in 21 days to start the season, so it's not going to take long to see if Meyers is providing enough offense to play regularly. If we get into the month of May and Meyers is an offensive liability in the lineup, we won't be surprised if his playing time starts to decrease. But by how much?
Don't miss the video as we examine how Joe Espada will deploy his outfielders and get the most out of the DH this season!
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