With just two players returning from last year's team, the Lady Cougars would most likely be labeled in a rebuilding year, but Coach Julie Brown has other ideas for her young team. The Lady Cougars are led by two sophomores, Zhayantel Elias and Krysti Collier, and backed by the explosive hitting power of freshmen trio; Keelin Pilgrim, Jill Smith, and Koral Hearn. The trio is expected to lead the Cougar offense and possibly the conference in kills.
"This year's team has shown great teamwork and a new competitive spirit," said Brown, who is in her second year as head coach for the Lady Cougars. "I'm excited for the level of competition this team will bring to the court."
In preparation for conference play, the team will need to adjust to a tough road schedule. They open non-conference play on August 25 at the Butte Classic, that pits them against powerhouses American River College and College of the Sequoias. In conference action, Feather River College and Butte College, who shared the conference title last year, are favorites to defend the title. The Lady Cougar host their first home conference game against Shasta College on October 6.