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MCHS J.V./Freshmen report

Volleyball teams improving with new system

David Pressgrove

Junior Varsity

When Moffat County High School junior varsity volleyball coach Scot Brown started the season he had some adjustments to make.

The hardest part wasn’t that it was his first year to coach volleyball, it was that he was making the transition from coaching boys to girls.

“I used to be able to just bust heads when coaching the guys,” he said. “But I’ve learned to find more polite ways to say things.”

After a slow start at 0-4 the team has won three of its last four and Brown said things are starting to gel.

“It took us a while to get used to playing with each other,” he said. “I’m sure with three new coaches as well as a new offense and defense it took them a while to get comfortable.”

The team consists of two freshmen, seven sophomores and two juniors. At halfway through the season, Brown and his team have set lofty goals for the remainder of its matches.

“There isn’t any reason that we shouldn’t go undefeated the rest of the year,” he said. “Everyone has been contributing and we’ve improved by leaps and bounds since our first matches.”

Freshmen

If only the Moffat County High School freshman volleyball team could play every game at home.

“We have a hard time waking up after we get off the bus,” said coach Jennifer Preece. “We haven’t played well on the road.”

The 3-3 team is exactly halfway through its season and Preece said she has been proud of what they’ve learned and accomplished.

“We’ve been able to run some set plays, which on a freshman level is not very common,” she said. “They also work well together as a team and I feel I could play anyone together.”

The first-year coach said her goal to prepare the team for the future is to make the sport flow easier.

“We are working on getting the bump, set, spike to come naturally and not force it,” she said. “They’re learning how to be smart when they play the game that it isn’t just, ‘Pound the ball as hard as you can.'”

As for the rest of the season, Preece said she thinks the team can overcome its sluggishness off the bus.

“I think we could end the season undefeated,” she said. “We need to take it a match at a time and work to reach each weekly goal.”


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