Building off a successful 2020-21 campaign, the Lady Warriors volleyball team is ready to “bring it” to the fall season.
The North Douglas ladies finished last season with a 13-2 record overall, completely steamrolling their competition at times.
They were only pushed to five sets once in the season as they swept their opponents nine times in 15 games. Of the teams that played 10 or more games, North Douglas’ defense was one of the best. They lost a mere 11 sets over the course of the entire season.
Head Coach Emily Reed saw strong signs from the team last year and is excited about this group maturing more together this upcoming season.
“They were really unsure of themselves last year thinking maybe they didn’t belong with the elite teams and at the end of the year. We were in a tournament with a lot of teams who had been in the state tournament in 2019,” she said. “I think it helped these girls realize we can compete with those top teams and we belong in that group. I have already seen a shift in attitude from last year. If I asked these girls if they wanted to play against bigger schools, they would be nervous, but this year they say, ‘Bring it on!’ It really shows the huge amount of growth this group has had.”
Coach Reed enters her third year as the leader of the program and in her first two seasons, the Warriors have won 74 percent of their games to this point. They only lost one senior from a season ago and will be returning a total of eight players who were sophomores or freshmen.
“I’m most excited about the fact that this is basically the same team from last year. This isn’t a typical first day of practice, we’re coming in with this short turnaround from last season,” Reed said. “I just saw them in April and so really just fine-tuning our weaknesses from a few months ago. Being able to test our skills against some top teams in our first jamboree next week will gauge what’s going well and what we might need to work on for the rest of the year.”
To start off the 2020 season, North Douglas had a 10-game winning streak that carried them to their only league loss against Days Creek.
The Warriors will try to come out of the gates strong again in the 2021 season and look for more success this year as they set their sights on the top of the league.
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