By Seth J. Walker
The Lawrence Tech Blue Devils are coming off their first ever WHAC Tournament appearance after compiling a 20-15 (8-6 WHAC) record last year. This year, they’re picked sixth in the WHAC preseason poll, but look to build on last years success and take that next step in entering the conference’s upper echelon of teams. The Blue Devils recently had a test against one of those teams in a scrimmage, local rival Madonna.
“It’s a huge opportunity, especially that we got to play Madonna,” Blue Devil junior middle hitter, Zakia Hunt said. “Their actual starting lineup played us. So I think that showed up where we are in comparison to them and how hard they’ve been working and how hard we’ve been working, so we can only go up from there. I think we played them pretty well to be honest.”
Hunt, along with fellow junior, setter/opposite side hitter, Kristi Doherty, were All-WHAC First Team selections last year, while sophomore outside hitter, Isabella McDonald was an All-WHAC Freshman team selection. However, this year’s team is expected to be much deeper than in years past, which can help with the WHAC expected to have tougher competition this year.
“We’ve been doing some good things, and we’re headed in the right direction,” Blue Devil head coach Ed Ruhl said. “I think Madonna also woke us up a little bit and we’ve got a lot of work to do, still. So, our freshman are contributing better than expected, (but) not just freshmen. We have a couple transfers, and they’re doing really well; and I think it’s a good reminder early in the season that we can’t get overconfident.”