By Andrea Camarena

This season the Lady Monarchs are looking forward to a well rounded season.

With returning seniors Libby Hellwig, Sarah Wanzer and Genesis Vallego leading the team, head coach Linda Wachter expects the team's speed to give the Monarchs a strong advantage on the court this season. Hellwig, Wanzer and Vallego are three of only six returning players this season.

The fresh blood joining the roster is not the only addition to this year's program.

"With our new defensive coach Aaron Henderson, our defense has picked up tremendously," said Wachter.

Henderson a 2004 Exeter Union graduate joins the girls coaching staff after four years of dedication to the boys program as a player.

"We look to finish strong in league," said Wachter. "If we stay healthy, we should be OK."

But once again, this season, as in most recent seasons, Corcoran looks like the leader in the upcoming East Sequoia League.

"They're the only team in the league that we've had trouble with," said Wachter.

Last year, the Monarchs' 7-3 season ended in a first round playoff loss to Hanford and Exeter took second in league to Corcoran.

Wachter is striving for something more this season.

The team's rigorous weekly routine in preparation for league includes two hour daily practices six days a week, three weight training sessions and conditioning every day.

Wachter and Henderson plan to customize the team's format on the court to effectively compete with the current opponent.

On defense, Henderson loosely plans to rely on a 1-3-1 zone defense against better teams while sticking to a man-to-man tactic against slower teams.

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