New coach gets first look at team in game situation
Going into last Fridays red and white scrimmage, Tonganoxie High School volleyball coach Kelly Alexander said her main goal was just to see her team in action.
Alexander was hired in the spring, so the scrimmage was her first look at her team playing.
It was interesting and fun, and I hope they learned something, Alexander said.
Unlike some of Tonganoxie High School sports, the volleyball team didnt play varsity against junior varsity. Alexander mixed the teams up, so there was some varsity experience on both sides.
I felt the teams were evenly matched, she said. It was fun to see them go after it.
She said the team was ready for its first game, which will be next Wednesday at Pleasant Ridge for the junior varsity and Sept. 7 here for the varsity.
Going into the varsity match against Bonner Springs, Atchison and Baldwin, Alexander said she was excited her team would finally be playing another team.
The ninth grade team also saw some intra-squad action Friday night. Freshman coach LeAnn Bond said the game was good for her girls because it gave them a first taste of high school game experience.
They were a little nervous, she said. They had never played in high school.
Bond said her teams nervousness was compounded by the offense, which is more complicated than the junior high formations the girls are used to.
But, Bond said she has a good team this year. It just needs to get over the hump.