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Randolph senior Lydia Coonrod is the Cannon Falls Beacon's Athlete of the Week for September 27-October 2. Coonrod is just one of three seniors on a young Rockets volleyball team that is trying to find its way. Alec Hamilton / Cannon Falls Beacon

Randolph senior Lydia Coonrod is just one of three seniors on this year’s young Rocket volleyball team. On top of helping guide the Rockets, she is also playing a new position this fall at libero, filling in a spot left by now-graduated Meredith Taylor.

The Rockets lost a super-competitive match at home on Tuesday, Sept. 21, to the Triton Cobras. Despite the 3-0 result, the match was fun and back and forth with Randolph leading for significant portions of the second and third sets. As the team moves forward and gains more experience, that will be a match they will win more and more often as they learn to play together.

Read below as Coonrod talks about the team, her role, the upcoming Homecoming Week and what she’s looking forward to about her senior year.

Q: What does the team need to do to get over the hump?

LC: I just think that we need to come together and find our groove. This is a very new team and we’re just in a hole and we’ll get out.

Q: With only three seniors including you on the team and such a young team, how do you put that in perspective? How do you approach your role?

LC: This year we’ve really put positivity into the team, growing the younger girls’ confidence, really just pushing positivity to keep everyone’s heads up.

Q: Besides the experience factor, how is this year’s team different from last year’s?

LC: This year we’re really learning to play together, I feel like we’re a family, we’re really learning to be a family.

Q: You’re playing a new position, how is that going?

LC: It’s going good, I have played it before but I’m getting the hang of it, I really like it a lot. I like being a leader on the court and taking responsibility for the ball.

Q: Did you set any goals for yourself this season?

LC: I want to be as good as Meredith Taylor, I just want to push myself to be the best I can be my last year.

Q: Homecoming is coming up in a week, what do you look forward to most?

LC: Dig Pink probably, that’s a big thing each year. But I’m really looking forward to the head shaving too. The senior boys, we shave their heads.

Q: Any matches, since you’re in a new conference, that the team is looking forward to?

LC: I know we’re really looking forward to playing Kenyon, they’re a tough team and we’ll need to bring everything we’ve got.

Q: Senior year is a lot of fun in general, outside of volleyball, what do you look forward to most this school year?

LC: I’m looking forward to basketball season, I’m really looking forward to that, it's kind of been my go-to sport. I just love everything about the game, the energy rush, just everything. 

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