The journey to erase last year’s disappointments — or build on the previous season’s successes — begins today for volleyball teams at area schools.
Today marks the first day Texas volleyball coaches can issue equipment to their players and conduct workouts outside of school.
For teams like Argyle, one of last year’s Class 3A state tournament finalists, it will be a chance to try to return to the state tournament and claim the crown.
Argyle head coach Clark Oberle said that while his team enjoyed the most successful season in school history, the eight returning players from last year’s squad are eager to push forward.
“Well, as great as last season was and as much as fun as we had, we were one or two wins short of the ultimate goal,” Oberle said. “I think the girls, in the spring and over the summer, it seems like they’re even more motivated than they’ve been in the past.
“They want to make it one more step.”
Other teams may find themselves in the same position as Ryan. The Lady Raiders carried a young squad into its first foray into Class 5A and struggled in 2012, going winless in district play.
Ryan head coach Cindy Williams said she was excited after watching her team grow in a three-day camp last week.
“I saw some of the younger girls starting to step up and fill some shoes and do some things that are exciting,” Williams said. “I think the girls are starting to believe in themselves and what we’re trying to get them to do.”
The first day scrimmages can be played is Friday, and the first day matches can be played is Aug. 12.
The Lady Raiders will host scrimmages on Saturday. Ryan will square off against Sherman, Little Elm and Wichita Falls to prepare for the first game of the season on Aug. 13 against Frisco.
That weekend, the Raiders will host the Ryan Kick-Off Classic.
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