The UL Ragin' Cajun volleyball team has five of its six starters returning from last season.
Sometimes that's good, sometimes it's not. Old habits can be hard to break, especially when a team's coming off a 5-20 season.
But this year, having those returnees is a very good thing for second-year coach Amy Kraljev.
"Their energy level has skyrocketed," Kraljev said of her returning class. "They've made it a lot easier to help our new players adjust to a new level. That's how programs develop, having that kind of leadership from the older kids."
The older players had their share of struggles last season, but Kraljev said that she started seeing signs of life late last season. Four of last year's five season-ending matches (1-4) went to either four or five games and each included several close games.
"We had a lot of personnel changes last year," Kraljev said. "It was tough. My job was to take who we had and make the best of them. By the end of the season, we started getting on the same page."