Photo Credit: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune The Royals enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history last year and have high expectations going into this fall. With Tara Lee setting the tone, anything certainly feels possible. Lee, an all-state setter,…
Photo Credit: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune
The Royals enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history last year and have high expectations going into this fall. With Tara Lee setting the tone, anything certainly feels possible.
Lee, an all-state setter, returns for her senior year to lead Hopkins High School and is looking forward to following through on those goals.
“We lost some key players,” said Lee. There are some spots to fill but i think we have enough players that are willing and capable so I think we can be pretty good again this year. The goal is to get back to state for the third year in a row, but there are also little goals at the beginning. I’d like to win the conference. We won it for the first time in 20 years last year, that would be amazing and I think we’re capable of doing that again.”
The Royals will have to break in some younger and less experienced players early on. That means Lee, who plays the all-important setter position, will have perhaps even more responsibility when it comes to keeping everyone organized and in positions to succeed.
So far, she’s liked what she’s seen from her young teammates.
“A lot of the younger girls, I know they were nervous to start,” said Lee. “But they’ve adjusted quick and I think I can help them get to that level. It’s go time. Every single rep matters. I’m the setter so I take the second ball and can get to balls even if they aren’t spot on.”
Lee is one of the top overall players in the state and will have no shortage of college opportunities. She said she’s not in a hurry to make a decision but has several Division I programs on her trail.
“I have a good idea but not enough to have a set list right now,” said Lee. “A school in California; Cal Baptist. I had some contact with Michigan State and some other schools like that as well. I don’t feel rushed at all. I was feeling rushed a little bit earlier in the summer but I’m feeling good about where I’m at right now.”