TWIN FALLS • From the outside, it seemed reasonable for the Bruins to approach 2014 with tempered expectations, losing four seniors from last year’s team, including the program’s all-time kills leader Sierra Starley.
Head coach B. J. Price and lone returning senior, setter Regan Harr, had other plans.
“We couldn’t take this year as building year, even though we have a lot of young players,” Harr said. “We knew we couldn’t take a year off. Everybody took to their role and came together.”
Twin Falls finished better than last season (fourth at state), largely thanks to the Times-News volleyball player of the year orchestrating a more balanced and unpredictable offense.
“As a setter, I have to be one of main leaders,” Harr said. “How our offense was ran and how we played was much different this year. The goal was to distribute the ball more evenly and attack from every angle.”
Harr’s numbers were on par with some of the best setters to have come through Twin Falls, according to Price, with over 1,100 assists in 2014.
“She wad always aware of matchups, and who to attack,” Price said. “There were things that Regan knows that nobody else knows. She would go have conversations and try to implement her goals. It was her responsibility to make sure everyone in the offense is involved, not just the outside with Sierra like last year.”
Given more freedom to control the offense and exploit mismatches, Harr — bound for the College of Southern Idaho next season — was a coach on the floor.
“She was the one directing. With her, it was not even a conversation as a senior. We didn’t have to worry about her position,” Price said. “She takes care of her job.”
Harr, who was also the Times-News’ girls basketball player of the year last season, had influence well beyond decision making and defense.
“In her career, she understands games, ups and downs,” Price said. She knows how to survive change, keeping everyone calm and how to get to the next momentum change. She’s going to be hard to replace. She’s one of the top setters to come through here.”