Goliad, STJ Start Volleyball Practice

The first day of August was the first day of volleyball practice for some area high school teams.
Speaking of the word first, that’s where Goliad has finished in state 3A volleyball the past two years. The two-time defending state champs have nine returning varsity players from last year, and five Tigerettes who’ve been on varsity for both state titles. Among those back are Amaya Brown, first team All-State and State Player Of The Year as named by Nike, The Texas Girls Coaches Association and The Texas Sports Writers Association; first team All-State picks Kaci Hotz and Kelly Thomas; All-State second team pick Ashlyn Davis and All-State honorable mention pick Kassidy Nicholson. All of that is great, but as Tigerette head coach Jess Odem told me Wednesday, “.I really try to not think about that. I like to come into every year like it’s a brand new year, we’re starting all over. You can start from the bottom and still work our way back up to the top throughout the season.I do think they have to understand that teams will want to beat them every single time they step on the court. But them having the confidence that they’re able to make it to a higher level is helping in their mentality.”
Goliad volleyball’s first pre-season scrimmages are Friday at the Goliad Events Center against West, Tuloso-Midway and La Vernia.
The first of August was also the first day of St. Joe volleyball practice.
It was also the first day of practice for the Lady Flyers’ new head coach. Summer Brooks returns to the program after earning three-time first team All-State honors at St. Joe as a player. Six varsity players and 18 upperclassmen return, including All-State selection Savannah Wharton and first team All-District picks in Wharton, Madison Korinek,Ttaylor Foeh and Katherine Terry. But, as coach Brooks told me, she doesn’t care about that. She told me it’s a completely new tryout for Lady Flyer volleyball. “Last year’s varsity really didn’t matter to me. The girls that were on varsity are not guaranteed a spot this year on the varsity.
It makes them work a little bit harder. They are more respectful with the new program coming in, more disciplined. They knew this summer what kind of work they had to put in in order to make varsity. We had a lot better turnout this summer.”
St. Joe volleyball’s first scrimmages come Saturday morning at the St. Joe Dome. The Lady Flyers take on Bloomington and Yorktown starting at 10:00.