After all of the trials and tribulations of a turbulent summer, the Sealy Lady Tiger volleyball season officially got underway Monday morning with the first practice of the year.
The first stop was the football stadium for the conditioning test before volleyballs were flying around the Sealy High School gymnasium once again.
“Great start, we had gassers this morning and almost everyone made them,” said head coach Kim Boyd. “We practiced the last week and a half when it’s normally all summer long but they did a great job. They had some incentives where if they had been coming to summer workouts, they had some extended time.”
Time is quickly running out ahead of the first scrimmages and games after the fallout of schedule re-dos and adjustments in the wake of the guidelines put in place by the University Interscholastic League. Although Classes 4A and below started practice Monday, Classes 5A and 6A were delayed a month which forced some matches to be canceled. In addition, all tournaments were limited to a maximum of four teams but Boyd hopes the most recent modifications will stick.
Either way, the first scheduled scrimmage is set for this Friday, Aug. 7, which has led Boyd and the staff to gear their workouts more toward building the body up in the early stages to ensure the players’ safety through the long season they’re embarking on.
“I think the whole state of Texas is a little not ready but we’re doing everything we can to protect the kids first before we get games in,” Boyd said. “Our second scrimmage is just varsity just because of distance and we don’t want to expose everyone to things they don’t have to be so we have sub-varsity staying here.”
Boyd still knows injuries can and will happen throughout the season but is thankful for any extra time to get more practice in before gameplay starts.
“Last year we had people get hurt in the very first scrimmage but last year we only had two days before our first scrimmage and now we have four,” Boyd said. “If there were ever to be a longer warm up before a scrimmage, this year would be the year so we’re glad that’s the case.”
All in all, Boyd and the squad were just glad to be back to work.
“Basically everyone who came out last week showed up again, we had a couple more show up, they weren’t on the reminders so they didn’t get all the messages but they’re working hard,” the coach said. “Now that the hard, scary part is over, they’re all about it and happy to be in the gym.”