New Caston volleyball coach Taylor McFarland has a rebuilding project underway in Fulton.
The young coach has the great fortune of having an all-around standout in Haley Hoover to help lead the way in Year 1.
Hoover, a 5-foot-8 senior, does it all for the Comets as an outside hitter and defensive specialist.
The Comets are off to a 3-7 start to the season. They’ll take a 1-0 Midwest Conference record into Saturday’s home match against South Newton and will try to avenge a loss in Tri-County Invitational play to the Rebels.
“We started off kind of rough, but we’re getting there, we’re getting better,” Hoover said. “We’re working on teamwork, but I think we’ll get there. It might take us awhile.”
Hoover said she’s enjoyed playing for her new coach.
“I like her a lot. She’s pushed us a lot,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot from her. I’m happy that she’s came and coached at Caston.”
Hoover added the future of the program is bright as long as the younger players work hard.
“I think the program will get better. It’ll take some time and people have to work really hard. It’ll take time to build it back up but we’ll get there.”
The following is a question-and-answer session with Hoover.
Q. Of the sports you play, which is your favorite? Why?
A. Volleyball obviously because it is a challenge for me. You have to be smart, quick and strong to play the game well and it’s something you constantly have to work at. I also love that it is a team sport. You become so close to people on your team and share the same love for the game and I think that’s awesome.