Archive for Thursday, August 17, 2006

New volleyball regime takes over at BHS

August 17, 2006

First-year Baldwin High School volleyball coach Kelly Brown has her Bulldogs working hard at practice during her first week on the job.

The Bulldogs had 38 girls come out for volleyball this fall, which was more than Brown expected.

"It's a little overwhelming, but we have had a great turn out," Brown said. "Practice has been very intense so far."

The high number of players does have Brown excited, because it will give her a larger pool to play from. But she did say it has made things more hectic for her and her two new assistants, Crysti Bettge and Tom Wilson.

Brown believes the players are excited about having new coaches this season.

"I think they are excited about having three new coaches," Brown said. "I also think they are looking forward to the season. The coaching staff is pleased with what we have had turn out. We are looking forward to a new season."

BHS junior Ashley Tucker has enjoyed Brown as a coach the first few days, because she brings a change from one year ago.

"She is fun and I like her," Tucker said. "She is cool. It's different from last year. We do different drills and her style is different."

Tucker has also enjoyed the first few days of practice.

"I am excited about volleyball," Tucker said. "I am also glad to have something to do. It's been good so far. I like it and it's fun."

Brown has been working her players on conditioning pretty heavily early in this season, while also stressing fundamentals.

"We have been doing a lot of conditioning," Brown said. "I think the girls now, on day two, have some excitement about getting into the season.

"I have gotten great response from the kids," Brown said.

"We have really broken down the fundamentals," Brown said. "We are working on your basic passing, setting and serving. We have really broken those down so far."

One thing Brown emphasized is how she is trying to get her players to burn off what they might have gained over the summer with conditioning.

"We are trying to work off that summer right now," Brown said. "By the end of the week, we should be ready to move forward with the season."

The Bulldogs have a strong junior class of players this year, which will challenge the seniors, according to Brown.

"I've got a handful of juniors that are going to make the seniors work," Brown said. "I have a decent number of seniors out, but I've got a strong junior class."

The Bulldogs begin their season with a home match Aug. 29. Brown knows how important that match is to the season.

"Our first varsity match is at home," Brown said. "So, we have got a lot to show and a lot to prove."

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