Goddard advances to state for first time since 2008
2008 was the last year the Goddard volleyball team made the Kansas State Tournament.
That team and this year's Sub-State champion team feature a common denominator: their head coach Shelby Zoglman.
"She actually went to state nine years ago, which is the last time we went to state. Which is awesome," said Montana Soderberg, senior Libero. "But I think she's definitely helped our team connect mentally."
Zoglman is this team's third head coach in four years. It's clear her strict coaching style paid off.
Senior outside hitter Tarra Parks said its a tough-love type of coaching.
"With Coach Zoglman, practice is basically like 'work hard or you don't deserve to be up here,'" she said.
Zoglman is familiar with the team, after coaching the freshman girls in 2016.
"I think part of it is, being in the program last year, they're all returning, so I got to see what they could do last year and I know what they're capable of, and I don't let anything less than what they're capable of slide," she said.
The Goddard grad knows what it's like to feel the pressure of State. She said these girls will have a target on their backs as the number one seed.
"Don't let anyone intimidate you, don't treat it like it's anything special," she warned. "Yeah, it's the state tournament, but you have to play the level of volleyball that you're capable of playing."
Soderberg said she's happy experiencing her first state tournament, but the entire team will be disappointed with anything less than a top-finish.
"For one, it's just an awesome experience," she said. "But it has definitely put, I wouldn't say a load on our shoulders, but we definitely have high expectations for the outcome of this weekend."