After three years on the Mountain Pointe girls volleyball team Erika Papadeas knows her way around a court.
It’s getting use to a different team every season that takes a little time.
The Pride got most of its team back from last season and seven of those players were part of the group that finished second in the state 5A-I championship playoffs two years ago.
But there are some new players and additions that can blend into the mix gradually.
“It gets easier as we go along,” Papadeas said. “For me, this year is more taking over a leadership role.”
The 5-foot-10 junior has been an outside hitter on the varsity team since her freshman season.
“I’m just trying to improve every year,” she said.
The Pride won the silver division of the Nike volleyball tournament last month that features teams from across the Western United States.
Papadeas was named to the all-tournament team.
“We did really well there and we’ve been playing more as a team as the year goes on,” she added. “We’re team-oriented. It’s not like it’s one person on the court and we’ve been working harder.”
Papadeas has also played basketball and been on the Pride track and field team.
“I didn’t do basketball last year and we’ll see about track,” she said. “I’m cutting down because I want to focus more on volleyball and I don’t have time for other sports.”
She is a year-round club player and said that after adjusting to different coaching philosophies from club to high school it’s easier to adjust to different team chemistry each season.
“There are different styles, but it’s not bad. You get used to it,” Papadeas added.
She plays on the same club team as Pride teammate Kristin Stephan.
“We know each other and that helps on the court,” Papadeas added.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “This is my favorite year and a lot of the girls are really close.”
The sixth-ranked Pride will host second-ranked Desert Vista Thursday evening in the second Dig Pink in Tukee fundraiser match for breast cancer ,sponsored by SimonMed.