Donley set to have strong junior season at volleyball
REED CITY — Megan Donley has played volleyball since the fourth grade. She probably wouldn’t mind if this was the best season of her whole life.
It’s Donley’s first varsity season. A junior, she was on the junior varsity two seasons. She also plays basketball and soccer.
Volleyball “probably is my favorite,” she said. “I enjoy it the most. I feel like I’m the best at it.”
It was a busy summer of volleyball for Donley.
“I go to all the camps, all the practices and open gyms,” she said. “Anything that’s open to me, I go to.”
Donley has usually played left side hitter but figures she’ll be playing more in the middle this season.
“I can play basically anything,” she said, adding that at middle hitter, “I need to focus at keeping my arms high and snapping. It’s a different angle. You have to focus on jumping high and keeping your arm swing high. You do a lot more blocking in the middle. Middle blockers block almost every hit.”
Donley said blocking is among the aspects of the game in which she’s looking for improvement.
“For me it’s positioning,” she said. “I can almost get my hands on the ball everytime but I can’t get it back over.”
As a hitter, “I think I’m a lot better at placement than I am at strength,” Donley said. “My hits aren’t really hard, but I do get them down at a spot no one’s at.”
Donley recalls spending “a lot” of time during the summer hitting.
She’s also focusing on passing. “I’ve gotten a lot better at absorbing the pass,” she said. “It’s really helped me.”
The season opens Friday at the Ludington Invitational and continues Aug. 28 at the Cadillac Invitational. The home opener is Sept. 9 with Tri County, which is also the Central State Activities Association opener.
Only two seniors are back for this year’s Coyote team.
“We have a lot of experience together,” Donley said. “If we can tie it all together, we can work good as a team. It will be a good passing team this year. We need to work on a lot of little things and work better as a team together. As time goes on, we’ll be more comfortable.”