"Our setter, sophomore Rachel Martin, broke every record we ever had, as a freshman," he said. "She was breaking records, as a freshman, of girls that were seniors, were first-team all-staters, so our setting will be really strong. We bring back four of our five hitters, so we've been hitting the ball really good in practice."
Beyond chemistry, the Bison will look to develop team defense, too, this summer.
"What we're really working on is improving our defense as a whole, as a team," Null said. "Last year, we assigned people very small areas to defend and gave (Persinger) pretty much 60, 70 percent of the court, because she could cover it, so we're adjusting our defensive scheme. We're going to rely more on an overall team defense rather than just relying on one person."
Buffalo will look to put its methods to practice throughout the summer. The Bison will play in a 12-team summer tournament at regional foe Charleston Catholic on Saturday. On June 29, Buffalo will play a quad match at Ravenswood. The team will also look to schedule dual scrimmages, if possible, Null said.
"We're going hard at it, that's for sure," Higginbotham said of the summer regimen.
The Bison need that attitude and dedication to hit this year's goal.
"We definitely want to get back to the State Tournament," Null said referencing the program's back-to-back season absences from the Civic Center.
With hard work and a little bit of study in summer chemistry, Buffalo could be on its way.