New Coach, Same Goals For Park Rapids Volleyball


>>>LAST SEASON THE PARK RAPIDS VOLLEYBALL TEAM HAD A SEASON TO REMEMBER, WINNING THE SECTION 8 DOUBLE A CHAMPIONSHIP AND MAKING IT TO STATE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY. THIS SEASON ALMOST THE ENTIRE ROSTER IS BACK FROM LAST YEAR, AND THEIR EXPECTATIONS HAVE GROWN TO NEW HEIGHTS.>>WHILE THE TEAM ON THE COURT IS JUST ABOUT THE SAME, ON THE SIDE LINES IS NEW HEAD COACH. THE PARK RAPIDS GRADUATE DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIARITY WITH HER TEAM, BUT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, SHE WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH HER PLAYERS AND START STRONG IN THE FALL.>>THAT TRANSITION IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE HARD, BUT IT WAS NICE THAT WE HAD THE WHOLE SUMMER WITH OUR NEW COACH AND EVERYTHING. SO WE’VE GOTTEN TO BE A LOT CLOSER.>>ONE SENIOR GRADUATED FROM LAST YEAR’S TEAM GIVING THE PANTHERS A LOT OF CONTINUITY HEADING INTO THEIR SEASON.>>WE ALL KIND OF KNOW EACH OTHER. LIKE, I RUN THE OFFENSE TOO, SO I KNOW WHEN A HITTER IS DOING GOOD OR IF THEY ARE HAVING AN ON NIGHT, OFF NIGHT.>>RIGHT AWAY THE COACH WAS PLEASED WITH UNPREDICTABILITY ON HER OFFENSE. WHEN THE FIRST PASS IS GOOD, YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE THE BALL IS GOING.>>I HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED WITH THEIR ABILITY TO RUN A QUICK OFFENSE AND HAVE MORE THAN ONE POWERFUL HITTER. WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON IS BEING EXCITED, MENTAL SIDE OF THE GAME BEING STRONGER WITH THAT.>>THEY WILL NEED TO BE MENTALLY TOUGH THIS YEAR AS LAST YEAR’S SECTION TITLE HAS EVERY TEAM GUNNING FOR PARK RAPIDS.>>MAKING IT TO STATE LAST YEAR PUT A TARGET ON OUR BACK, FOR EVERY TEAM WE WILL BE FACING THIS YEAR. WE WILL NEED TO STEP IT UP HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.>>LAST SEASON IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT THEY LOST TO MARSHALL IN THE FIRST ROUND IN FOUR SETS. THEY ARE HOPING FOR A DIFFERENT STORY IF THEY GET THERE THIS NOVEMBER.>>IF WE GET OUR GOAL OF GETTING TO STATE, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE AT STATE, NOT JUST GET DOWN THERE BUT TO PLAY HARD AGAINST THE TEAMS AND POSSIBLY MEDAL AND WIN SOME GAMES DOWN THERE.>>THE PANTHERS OPEN THEIR SEASON IN A WEEK AGAINST A

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