ELOY — The Santa Cruz Valley volleyball team has had a tough string of seasons in the past. With only three wins coming last season, and going winless in 2019, the Dust Devils are looking to find some improvement on the court.

After losing many of the team’s starting seniors from last year’s team, the Dust Devils are looking to rebuild with a lot of young core players that got a taste of the starting lineup last year.

“They proved a lot last year,” Dust Devils head coach Leticia Tarango said about her sophomore core. “They have really stepped up, I made two of my sophomores team captains, they keep the girls going. The communication has been great, they don’t talk down to each other, they pick each other up, and they all play softball together so they already have a bond together.”

One of the main things that Tarango pointed out that one of her main hopes for her squad is an improvement in communication and teamwork. Saying that the team has to be able to communicate with each other well in order to reach their goals.

“I want to see a lot of teamwork, working together, communication and just talking to each other,” Taranago said. “Communication is the biggest thing because last year they had a tough time running into each other. So that is one of my big expectations this year, is just working together more.”

Tarango also discussed that serving and defense are two big things the team is working to improve and get better in being able to start an exchange with a strong serve, as well as being able to stop opposing offenses at the net.

“Our defense has been one of our focuses recently, our serves have been really good,” Tarango said. “Working that net has been one of our big ones, we want to be able to block better as a team.”

The Dust Devils are currently 0-2 to start the season, with their first game resulting in a home loss to Horizon Honors. The team will continue to try to improve, and hope for better performances from their young group throughout the new season.

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David Church is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. He can be reached at dchurch@pinalcentral.com.