With highly regarded players Tina Churchill and Ysi Sui returning, Wilson is favored to win its sixth Interhigh League volleyball title in eight years.
The Tigers won the Interhigh tournament last year, going undefeated in tournament play after tying Spingarn for the regular-season title.
Churchill, a spiker, sees her role this year as teaching less experienced team members how to play the game. She feels that teamwork will be an important part of Wilson's success.
Churchill, the Interhigh MVP last season, plays volleyball all year. She has played for a Bethesda team in the United States Volleyball Association (USVA) league after the Interhigh season.
Ysi, a three-year starter and Wilson's captain and setter, feels practice, teamwork and a lot of effort will propel Wilson to the league title.
"We hope to have a lot of sets in the game, so we can spike. We hope for a lot of good sets and returns," she sad. "I want to work on my serves and spikes.
"I started playing for extra activity--for fun. I usually play with my friends. I started to play (competitively) in the eighth grade at Deal."
Ysi and Churchill will have a strong support this year. Other veterans include Petrina Hitch, Sui Wong and Sage Lambert. The Tigers will receive help from Kim Lumpkin, a transfer from Pittsburgh.
Wilson has several top 10th graders from Deal Junior High, the Interhigh junior high champion. Three of the most promising are Sylvia Mazariegos, Julie Ng and Alice Li.
Another reason why Wilson will be tough to defeat is Coach Eilleen Covington, who has a 110-12 record in the area and was named Region Two coach of the year by the national coaches association.
Challenging Wilson will be Coolidge, H.D. Woodson, Ballou, Dunbar and M.M. Washington, each returning veteran teams. Anacostia, Eastern and Spingarn are rebuilding.