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September 2, 2013

A repeat run?

Amesbury looking to sustain excellence

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At the moment and given what she has, Berry said she is looking to build from the defense, up.

“We’re still trying to figure it out,” said Berry. “We’re going to make mistakes. We have a solid defense, and we’re going to talk about that and work our way forward. We’re not going to look the same as we did last year, offensively and defensively. We’re changing it up a little bit this year, to meet the strengths of the girls that I have.”

One of the bright spots for the Indians has been the program that has been built up around them ever since Berry took the head coaching position five years ago.

“We’re continuing to see some good groups of girls come up through the program,” said Berry. “We saw 12 freshmen come out this year. They are coming in with great skills. The girls that were on the team last year, came in ready to start. They were well prepared. They have some pride in what they were involved with last year.”

With the season set to begin in Ipswich on Tuesday, Berry said the mood on her team is good to go.

“I think they’re looking forward to the season,” Berry said of her players. “They are feeling a bit of the pressure being CAL Champs. Teams are going to be gunning for them and they have some pretty high standards to live up to. But I also think that they are excited to go out and make their own history.”

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