Anticipation for this upcoming volleyball season is high in Berry land, and for good reason.
Logansport is coming off its fifth straight 20-win season, and its 26 wins last season was its most during that time. And the Berries have lost just two players from graduation from a year ago.
Although it’s a ways away, a sectional title is the No. 1 goal for the team this year, as they haven’t won one since 1996 which was before class sports were enacted. They came just about as close as possible last year in a loss in the championship to nemesis and perennial powerhouse Harrison.
The Berries will have the homecourt advantage this time, as they are hosting Class 4A Sectional 7 this year.
“That’s a great thing for us. We’re fortunate to get the sectional,” said Logansport coach Jon Vernon, who is in his second year at the helm.
“All the kids believe that they can do it. We’re hoping that we can make some statements and get after it and show that we’re pretty serious about winning the sectional this year.”
Vernon remembers the sectional match against Harrison vividly, and it’s been a rallying cry for his team this offseason.
“Our motto this year is ‘finish strong,’” he said. “In game one we were ahead 25-24, had the ball to serve out game one. We end up getting beat 27-25. We get beat game two. We win game three big. We had the lead in game four 20-14 and had serve and we just didn’t finish that game out.
“I think they understand we are capable of winning it. We put ‘95-92’ on the back of our shirt because we ended up outscoring Harrison during that sectional championship game by that score. If we would have finished out those games, the first game at least, I think it’s a whole different story.”