The Comets will be sporting seven new faces, along with two returning starters from last year.
"I feel very good about my players and the wonderful opportunity we have to be successful this coming fall." Cottey head volleyball coach Marla Kannady Foreman said.
Practices are scheduled to begin on Monday.
The Comets, coming off a 13-10 season. are led by two sophomore returnees -- Tara Cooper and Michelle Schulte.
Cooper, a 5-foot-4 native of Estancia, N.M., received numerous honors including first team All-Region honors with NJCAA status in the top 50 polls during the season.
Cooper's team honors include first in serve percentage, second in receiving ratio, second in assists, first in dig percentage, third in digs and third in 2006 performance ranking.
Schulte, 5-7 and from Owensville, received second-team All-Region honors with NCJAA status on the top 50 polls, and was second in serve percentage, third in aces, third in ace percentage and third in kills on the team.
The new faces include top performers Sara Cooper, 5-foot-9, from Garwin, Iowa, as outside hitter; Anna Cruse, 6-1, of Columbus, Mont., as middle hitter; Jesse Jargowsky, 5-6, from Flower Mound, Texas, as possible libero or setter.
Lauren Jenkins, 5-11, from Red Bluff, Calif., as outside hitter/middle hitter combo; Carmen Kintz as possible libero or setter; Lindsey Monceret, 5-10, from Louisburg, Kan., as middle hitter and Candace Potts, 5-8, from Girard, Kan., as outside hitter.
According to Foreman, this year's team is sporting noticeable talent from all of its players, meaning it could be as to whom the top starters will be. Foreman also said that two players will stand out as substantial losses to the team, as they have moved on to play for other schools.
Lindsay Rader, who now plays for Augusta State in Georgia, and Hristina Denic, who is currently at the University of Indiana in Pennsylvania (IUPUI), both played very large parts in the continued success of the team in both of their playing seasons.
"They were very big assets for both of their playing seasons," Foreman said.
Cottey's volleyball team has been in existence since 2000, with its best season coming in 2005 at 17-6.
The six teams in Region XVI include: Cottey College; Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City; North Central Missouri College, Trenton; St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valle; St. Louis Community College at Forest Park; St. Louis Community College at Meramec.
l Cottey competes against other colleges in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Those teams are two-year schools; small, private, four-year colleges; and some junior varsity programs of larger, four-year NCAA schools.