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Fall sports:  Maharishi School looking for more improvements

By Carson Tigges, Ledger sports editor | Aug 25, 2011

The Maharishi School volleyball team is hoping last year’s growing pains will at least be something to fall back on in 2011.

The Pioneers had almost an entirely new lineup last fall, but made strides from opening night to their final regional game. Now, Essa Johnson and Jonina Thorsteindottir return as the top hitters and will lead the MSAE squad.

Johnson has had a big year as a Pioneer both in volleyball last fall and also qualifying for the state track meet in the long jump in the spring.

Pearl Sawhney, also a senior, wasn’t on the team a year ago, but will bring good size and athleticism to the net.

“Having those seniors has been a huge help, not just for the talent, but for the leadership qualities,” said head coach Brendan Higgins. “It’s still a young squad, so there’s a lot to learn from the older girls.”

Sophomore Camille Goodale figures to step in and handle setting responsibilities for the departed Jhana Valentine and hopes to distribute the ball to as many hitters as possible.

Higgins was a late addition to the Pioneers, but has fully taken over for Anna Shook. What Higgins lacks in volleyball experience he makes up for in familiarity with MSAE and his players as he is a familiar sight around Pioneer athletic events.

MSAE suffered three losses at the WACO tournament Monday, but will hope to get one as it heads into more tournament action Saturday at Danville.

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