With their two stud starters back in the 2017 lineup and a few experienced newcomers on the roster, the Cyclones are looking to improve upon their 2016 performance and go even further.

Lauren Lorenz began her stint as the head coach last season while corralling new players and gelling them with the sophomores. An overall 15-6 record accompanied by a 6-1 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference record was nothing to frown at for the 2016 Cyclones, but this year they’re looking for more.

Seven players return including outside hitters Kelly Lind (Richards), Heather Fane (Stagg), Chrystal Suich (Andrew), Alexa Sweis (Richards), right side hitter Colleen Murphy (Marist), and All-Region and All-Conference team honorees Kazune Hinomoto (Japan) at setter, who averaged 5.16 assists per set last year, and libero Jessica Gavras (Oak Lawn), who averaged 5.63 digs per set in 2016.

Joining the charge are Colleen Corbett (Queen of Peace), a transfer setter from Benedictine University who will bring experience and depth to the team, as well as freshmen Debera Vinson (Rich Central), Elizabeth Coffey (Peotone) and Dimitra Vithoulkas (Richards), middle/right side hitters who will add height to the roster and set the tone for the front row offense.

With this group, the Cyclones are aiming high and eyeing some championships. “We’re coming into this season with a strong base returning from last year, but I expect our new players to come in and make an impact right away. The new additions to the team should add a strong offense to our already solid defense that we built last season,” Lorenz said. “We have our sights set on finishing at the top of the conference and region.”