“We have a good young team that is very athletic and competitive,” John Marshall coach Ebony Williams said. “We’re looking at going through regionals and all the way to state.
“The addition of 3A helps us out, because it breaks up the class and gives us a better chance to compete for that opportunity to get to state.”
For defending 4A champion Mount St. Mary, the change means fewer teams will be trying to knock the Rockets off their perch — not that it matters much.
“Last year, we worked really hard to get where we were,” St. Mary senior setter Sarah Jekel said. “But this year, we have to work even harder, because we have a target on our backs.”