A big something.
After three years of absolutely tearing it up, Ali Forde was off to college and it just felt weird not to see her athletic 6-foot-2 frame bouncing around the gym.
But that’s high school sports, and life goes on.
“Yeah, Ali and Ashtyn Mann, too, were really instrumental in our success,” Falcon coach Mike Mills said.
“Both were all-league (Forde was all-everything), a big presence for us, big hitters and good leaders, too. But yeah, there seems to be a little hole out there,” he said with a chuckle.
Mills wanted to talk about this year.
“It’s just a different dimension. We’ve changed our philosophy on offense, and what we’re gonna do defensively, too.
“Because we don’t have as many big hitters as we’ve had in the past, so we’re looking at a little bit different Woodinville team. We’ll have to be a little more creative, understanding we may not side-out as quick as we did before.”
It’s not like the cupboard is bare, as the Lady Falcons return four starters in senior captains Brooke Wiley, Haley Chapman, Maddy Young and Francis Coughlin.
Wiley’s the setter, Chapman and Young are outside hitters, and Coughlin is the libero.
“We return a lot of good experience with those four,” Mills said. “We maybe just don’t have the 6-2, 6-3 frame up front so it’s a different dynamic.”
Six-foot junior Courtney Smith will play in the middle, and juniors Erin Hamilton, Tynan Gable and Mackenzie Campbell — all basketball players — will get time on the court.
“We’re not tall but we have good experience and we’re really athletic and quick so we’ll get to a lot of balls,” Mills said. “Hopefully we can keep too many from falling on our side of the court.”
Mills’ squad will once again participate in the prestigious Adidas Invitational at Mountain View High in Auburn this Saturday, and will host powerhouse Graham-Kapowsin next Thursday at WHS.