TROY — The advice from her big sister is just a phone call away.
Troy High junior Hannah Moeller is a captain of the volleyball team, taking over a role that her sister, Lindsay Moeller, held last season.
“They’re really big shoes to fill,” Moeller said of her sister, who is a freshman on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania volleyball team. “I’ve been talking to her about what I can do to be better. I’m also stepping into her role as a setter. So it’s a lot of me talking to her and figuring out ways that I can help my team — ways to pull them up.”
This version of the Colts is a much different look from last season. Moeller is the squad’s only returning starter and one of just four who were on varsity last season.
The Colts lost two expected returning starters — one to an injury and one to a transfer.
“This is a huge rebuilding year,” coach Vince Muscat said. “(Hannah) played last year, so she’s a returning starter, but she’s also playing a new position. It’ll be an interesting year for us. My big goal is that they’re seeing improvement. We’re going to have our ups and downs.”
Last season, Troy finished 4-4 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division and won a district championship.
“Coming from last year, it’s definitely a big change. We go from having a bunch of attacking options to having a really strong defensive team. We’re defensively sound; that’ll definitely help us,” Moeller said. “We have to have the work ethic and communicate on the floor. Since we’re not a big team, we have to play smart and find the open spot on the court — find ways to score points.”
Muscat likened the new style to a beach volleyball match, utilizing well-placed shots.
“We’re trying to have them see the court more — a school that plays like that is Farmington Hills Mercy,” Muscat said of the perennial state power. “They’re always undersized, but they’re just smart. We have to use our brains and be cerebral.”
The Colts’ roster includes two seniors, five juniors and six sophomores. Muscat said an attainable goal is defending its district championship, but that the team needs to focus on things it can control, such as being good teammates, working hard and showing perseverance.
“So far, we’re doing that right now,” he said. “We’re growing fast.”