Volleyball Takes On New Season

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Brennon Lotz

During the volleyball game against Burleson Centennial, the varsity team huddles together.

The Broncos look to improve last season’s record of 12-2 in district and 16-4 overall record last year. With plenty of returning talent, Head Coach Amanda Shingleton and some new faces on the team the Broncos chase another great start.

Overall, the girls have a high expectation level for themselves and their teammates,” Shingleton said. “They are supportive of their teammates but are taking a more vocal role of holding each player accountable.”

The players refuse to let their teammates take off reps or miss practice. The loss of last year’s seniors resulted in a new and younger varsity team. A majority of the team this year are former JV players, therefore it is more important this year for them to hold one another accountable. 

“Our current seniors have stepped up and taken leadership roles that our 2021 seniors once filled. The camaraderie of our team is amazing for how long we’ve all been playing together. So far, the trust and friendships amongst our team have been strong and I believe our current team would match up well against last year’s team,” Shingleton said.

The Broncos continue COVID-19 protocols in order to maintain a full and usable roster. In game situations, teammates like sophomore Jordan Henderson remain on the same side of the court as they were allowed to do last year. They are also choosing to keep the warm-up time separate. They continue to practice safe distancing when possible, regular cleaning of high traffic areas/items, and reminders to thoroughly and frequently wash hands. 

Last season, I was virtual all year, so I only came up to school for practice. This season, now that I am back in person, I’m able to connect with my teammates because I can see and interact with them more,” Henderson said.

Henderson attributed the team’s success to camaraderie.

Our team has a great range of experience and skill level, but our individual playing styles complement one another and based on the growth I’ve seen in the past month, I believe we will be extremely successful in District and possibly even Playoffs,” Henderson said.

Volleyball will go to round two of district play. They hope to make it past round two in the playoffs but until then, they want to keep working diligently. 

“I am very excited to see how we do this season with multiple experienced starters returning and an overall focused and positive vibe,” Shingleton said.