Volleyball Season Starts with Tough Losses at Home Tourney
By Sean Wager
The Satanta High School volleyball team began conditioning practices on August 2nd, with practice officially beginning August 16th and the annual invitational tournament scheduled for August 28th. At the helm this year is Chelsi Randle, who currently teaches JH reading and ELA and English IV.
The team started with the basics as Coach Randle is new to the program so that she could see what she was working with. While Coach Randle may be a new face on the Satanta volleyball court, she is not new to the sport. Before taking a teaching position at Satanta, she was an office personnel at Moscow High School. While she was there, she coached three years of high school volleyball.
As the tournament approached, the team continued on working on different rotations. Those familiar with the sport know that it's not just the six best players that start. Sometimes the starting rotation is based on which groups of girls work better together. The girls started off strong against Moscow, winning the first set 25-17. During the second set, the girls got behind and were unable to recover, losing 18-25. With each team having one set win in their pockets, the girls had to play a third set. This set went back and forth throughout with the Indians losing 27-29. The next game the Lady Indians struggled coming out and lost their first set to Stanton County 22-25. Their next set the home team won 25-20, and in their third set they lost 11-25. The Lady Indians played their finals game against Elkhart, losing 18-25 and 13-25.
Coach Randle´s goal for the season is to “build confidence in the team.” Because the team lost five varsity seniors last year, “most of the girls have not played varsity. Several girls had to step up and play several positions they have not played before. I believe as the girls play, they will develop their skills and improve,” Randle stated. Now that the girls have a couple matches under their belts, they know what they need to work on to bring home the win.