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The Levelland Loboette volleyball team and Head Coach Karli Morrison are eager to hit the court for their first practice of the 2016 season.

For the Loboettes, two-a-days will be about knocking off some of the summer rust.

"Our 2016 season starts with our first official workout August 1," explained Loboette Head Coach Karli Morrison. "We are excited to be back on the court again."

"For us, I think two-a-days will be more about getting our rhythm back and knocking off the rust," the coach continued. "This group gets along well, so I do not think we will have any problems doing that."

Returning to the Loboettes this season will be key players Paige Royal, Makayla Escue Codee LeCrone, Alyssa Tienda and Sydney Ramirez.

"We have a great group coming back, so I expect a lot more leadership out on the court this season," stated the coach. "I need the players returning to be comfortable on the court in whatever role they play this season."

"I think whoever joins the team this season will fit in fine," Morrison said. "The girls who are returning will accept anyone I put on the team, as long as they have same goals."

"For us to be at our best this season, each player on the team has to have the same goal," she added

"This year’s team is different from past teams, because I have way more options offensively and defensively," explained Morrison.

"Everyone on the team can play most spots, so I now have four or five rotations I did not have before. The trick to this season will be finding which rotations work," she stated.

"It can be difficult to find the right rotation, because a good rotation consists of six cohesive players," she added.

The Loboettes will be playing in a newly aligned district this season, which may make things a little tougher for the Loboettes to three-peat as district champs.

"Yes, district will be tougher this year, but I think that is a positive. A stronger district will help prepare us for the tougher competition during the playoffs," said Morrison.

"New additions, Seminole and Denver City, will absolutely be challenging district opponents. Denver City is coming off a state appearance last year," stated the coach.

Last season, the Loboettes got off to a slow start, but finished the season 24-14 and went 9-1 in district play to repeat as district champs.

The Loboettes’ season came to an end after a tough loss to Bushland in the Regional Quarterfinal.

"We only lost two players off of last year’s team, but they were important players," explained Morrison. "This year’s challenge will be overcoming the loss of those two players and understanding what we are capable of accomplishing. This is a very talented group with a lot of potential."

"In 2015, we got bit by the injury bug early and I think that contributed to our slow start, but I liked flying under the radar and I hope we can do the same thing again this season," Morrison continued.

"I definitely think people will count us out again this year, but this team has the potential to make a deep run in the playoffs," she added.

"We are a hungry team with a lot of confidence," said the coach. "We were one game away from reaching the Regional Tournament last year. We just have to learn how to beat the big name teams like Bushland."

"The ultimate goal for each year is always make it to state but I cannot help thinking we were one game away from the Regional Tournament," concluded Morrison.


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