LEROY — Kyla Johnson is looking for her senior season as a middle hitter to be her best one for the Pine River Bucks.

It’s her third varsity season and she won’t soon forget her junior year.

“Things went fairly well, the team was pretty young last year,” Johnson said. “It’s pretty young this year too. I feel like I did really well.”

As a front-row middle player, Johnson noted she hits the ball well.

“Right now, I’m working on passing and focusing on my back-row abilities,” she said.

Johnson was among the Pine River players, who participated in summer sessions.

“I’m pretty strong in back row,” she said. “My serving helps a lot. I’m a good motivator on the court. I like the girls to be happy and have fun.”

The Bucks have already started their schedule and are at the Kalkaska Quad Thursday and the Kingsley Invitational Saturday.

“We’re looking really good,” Johnson said. “Our passing is pretty decent. Our offense needs some work. I think we can go pretty far, possibly districts and (Highland Conference is we work at it.”

The setter-hitter chemistry will be extremely important, Johnson indicated.

“We have two new setters,” Johnson said. “We’re working on getting them in the loop with what our offense can do.”

Pine River has its home invitational Sept. 12.