WINSIDE – With an update in the NSAA rules, allowing high school volleyball teams to start practice a week earlier, the Winside volleyball team took full advantage of the opportunity.
The Winside Wildcats are coming off their first winning season since 2012 after posting a 19-10 mark last year. Winside fell to the eventual runner-up in the Class D2 State Tournament, Wynot in the Subdistrict round.
Head coach Teresa Watters will be entering her 16th year with the Winside volleyball program. She said there is a lot of energy on the court only two days into practice as of Tuesday.
“Lots of enthusiasm, a lot of hustle, really hard work and they’re really excited to get started,” said Watters. “That shows by them willing to go in and put the reps needed to get that skill, get that rust moved back out of the muscles.”
Making up the 11-member team are four seniors, one junior, one sophomore and five freshmen.
Two seniors, #4 Fauneil Olander is an outside hitter and #6 Victoria Buresh is an outside/rightside hitter. Olander talked about what she’s most excited about as well as what the team is working on and what they need to work more on while Buresh gave a message to the underclassmen and what she is working on to be a better teammate.
“I’m looking forward to going on the court and play,” Olander added. “Passing and serving I guess is another thing. (needing to work on) Controlling of the ball and talking.”
“Don’t give up on it, it’s a lot of fun and it’s worth it to stay in the sport,” Buresh talked about. “I just want to get better at moving my feet and bettering the team so we can all be as good as we can.”
Brittany Caldwell has been an assistant coach the past couple of years and will again help coach Watters.
Coach Watters mentioned the teams skills base is where they left off from last season.
“We can do a lot more things with this group,” Watters mentioned. “They are a very knowledgeable group when it comes to volleyball and they seem to play very well together already in the two days that we’ve had.”
Winside will open with a road triangular at Wausa with Elkhorn Valley on Thursday, August 31.
Following a high-end home schedule in 2016, this year’s schedule will feature more road games than home. Winside will compete in their first 10 games away from home, before hosting Niobrara/Verdigre over a month into the season on Tuesday, October 3.