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Last season, West Side Christian fielded one of the best volleyball teams in the program’s history. That group was led by the trio of Anna Williams, Lauren Land and Brooklin Pitard.

Williams and Land graduated, leaving Pitard to return and try to guide a young group of newcomers. Those newcomers included a new coach as Megan Williams took over the reins from Adam Willett.

Coach Williams said she wasn’t concerned about replacing last year’s seniors but focused instead on this year’s roster.

“I came in not knowing any different. All I knew was what was in front of me,” she said. “The girls stepped up and Brooklin did an amazing job as captain.”

The senior setter said taking on the added role of leadership was a challenge but believes she’s the better for it.

“It is definitely a very young team, but they have done a good job of stepping up, giving it their best. I have also grown in my skills and volleyball knowledge throughout this season,” Pitard said. “Because I’m the most experienced player on the team, I have pushed myself really hard for each play. I’ve definitely grown in my ability to block and kill - jobs that I relied on Anna and Lauren to do in the past.”

The Lady Warriors travel to Oklahoma City for their state tournament this week. The days in Pitard’s career may be numbered but the example she set for the younger players could be on display in the program for years to come.

“Being the leader has had some challenges and there have been some hard days, but I love my teammates,” she said. “I have seen growth in each and every one of them and can see how much potential they all have. West Side volleyball has a lot to look forward to.”

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