Young volleyball team looks to continue season’s success

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    With a successful road trip under its belt, the Lady Frogs volleyball team looks to continue its 8-1 season.But even with their success thus far, team members said there are points of the game they need to improve.

    “We can always work on defense and blocking,” senior middle blocker Anna Vaughn said. “In the past, blocking has probably been our weakest point, and we have a big conference, so we need to work on that especially.”

    Junior right-side hitter Emily Allen said the team needs to work on several facets, including keeping the momentum of the game.

    “We need to keep up energy and be competitive the entire time,” Allen said. “Sometimes we get a little lax when we shouldn’t because we think we are going to win.”

    The Lady Frogs, although young, have played and adapted to each other very well, Allen said.

    “I think the most exciting thing is just our team in general,” Allen said. “We all just get along so well.”

    Head coach Prentice Lewis said progress in practice has been an obvious factor in the early success.

    “There are always things that we are working on to get better,” Lewis said. “That is what practice is for.”

    The Frogs seem to be responding to Lewis very well, and Lewis said their victories have definitely been the results of group effort.

    “It’s not just one player who turns it up,” Lewis said.

    The group effort will be important in the Lady Frogs’ upcoming tournament. They start off by facing the Davidson College Wildcats today, and then finish by playing both the Centenary College of Louisiana Ladies and the University of Mississippi Rebels Saturday.

    Look for both Vaughn and senior libero Calli Corley to step it up during crunch time, Lewis said.

    “Both of them come with a lot of emotion,” Lewis said. “It’s a sense of urgency for them because this is their last season, and they want to have the best possible one they can.”

    The Lady Frogs have faced their battles very well up to date, and they look to continue their success in pursuit of a higher goal, sophomore setter Nirelle Hampton said.

    “Ultimately, we want to make it to the NCAA Tournament,” Hampton said. “I think right now, with the way we are playing, we have great potential to do so if we are consistent.