There’s a new game in town at Grenada High School this year. Girls’ Volleyball officially took the place of Slow Pitch Softball in the lineup of sports offered at GHS. Coached by Collin Ray and Cameron Tawater, the newly organized team consists of 20 players, only two of which have competed in the sport previously.
If you’ve never watched indoor volleyball, get ready for a fast-paced, action filled game. Six players field each side of the net during matches. One team serves the ball over the net and players volley the ball back and forth across the net until one team cannot return the ball. The team who fails to return the ball loses the point. While the ball is on one side of the net, team members are allowed to touch the ball only three times before it must be returned across the net or the point is lost. During the volleys, if the ball touches the ground, the team with possession loses the point. Sets are played to 25 points, and the team that wins 3 out of 5 sets claims the match.
The GHS Lady Chargers attacked the first two games of the season, coming away with a 2 and 0 record. Sixteen matches are scheduled for the team at this time. Summer practices began in June, and official practice for players began in August. “Teamwork is tantamount to success in the game of volleyball,” stated Coach Collin Ray. “Neither Coach Tawater or myself have coached volleyball before, so we have been preparing with research through books, the internet, and Youtube videos. Our goals for the year are to improve during every match and just see how far we go.” Lady Charger Volleyball team members include: Sydney Allbritton, Lydia Barefoot, Kate Blankenship, Allison Escobedo, Kelsey Federick, Kira Finkley, Ella Horan, Lily Horan, Leah Kinard, Olivia Lashley, Meredith Meriwether, Alexa Milholland, Jessie Muilwyk, Rylee Murphree, Lora Ryals, Briella Simmons, Sadie Stockston, Amelia Taylor, Brooke Thomas, and Harlee Williams.
Good luck to the members and coaches of this brand new sport at GHS. We know you’ll make us proud.