LEROY\u00a0\u2014 Paige Esiline and Kassy Nelson are two key Pine River volleyball players hoping to get the Bucks ready for the critical part of the 2013 season. Esiline, a senior, has been playing middle-hitter and has been a passer. Her role has increased for the Bucks this season. \u201cI\u2019m getting better at hitting spots a lot more than last year,\u201d she said. \u201cI can always be better. It\u2019s definitely better than last year.\u201d Hitting is the favorite part of her game. \u201cI\u2019ve been working at hitting different spots,\u201d Esiline said. The team has been working together effectively in recent action, she indicated. Nelson, a hitter, in her junior year said the season has had its ups and downs so far. The Bucks\u2019 winning success at a Benzie Central tournament has been among the highlights she noted. \u201cThat was exciting for us. We all worked well together,\u201d said Esiline, agreeing with Nelson. \u201cCommunication was good that day.\u201d But when things are on the downside, \u201cwe\u2019re not doing anything. We\u2019re not communicating we\u2019re not serving,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cThe setter-hitter communication is not there.\u201d When Nelson was a freshman on the varsity, she played libero. \u201cI think it\u2019s a lot better (this year),\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019m more consistent. I\u2019m having more control on my hits.\u201d Nelson hopes to improve on covering and other areas. Nelson is hoping the Bucks finish strong in the regular season and will have a strong postseason. Against a powerhouse team like Beal City, \u201cwe have to communicate,\u201d Nelson said. \u201cand do what we do best, and that\u2019s talk to each other and not get down on ourselves.\u201d Since Aug. 16 when practices started, the team \u201chas improved a lot, that\u2019s for sure,\u201d Nelson said.