Lady Tigers play first scrimmage, prepare for start of season

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The Sealy volleyball team started preseason workouts last week and held their first scrimmages on Friday as they prepare for the start of the season.

Kimberly Svien is in her first season at the helm of the Lady Tigers volleyball program and has liked what she's seen of the team so far.

"The first week of practice went really well," Svien said. "We had an even bigger turnout than what we had at team camp. We had a pretty grueling first couple of days where they had conditioning tests. They overcame those and we're really impressed with the amount of work they did over the summer to prepare for it."

Sealy headed to Needville on Friday for the first scrimmage of the season and also faced Sweeny.

"We got to try multiple rotations and saw our returners show leadership qualities that we've been addressing in practice," Svien said. "I was very happy with the outcome."

The Lady Blue Jays are in Sealy's district coming off an appearance in the regional quarterfinals in Class 4A last season.

Needville swept the Lady Tigers in both meetings during district play in 2016.

"Needville, obviously has a lot of talent," Svien said. "They have a very tall girl that is difficult to shut down. We were stepping up to the challenge the whole time. It was a lot tougher game than I think the girls were anticipating."

Sealy's second scrimmage against Sweeny was a rematch of last season's bi-district playoffs.

"Sweeny had a lot of heart and fight, but with the talent we have in our program we kind of ran away with it," Svien said. "It was a very interesting pair of scrimmages."

Svien is implementing some new tactics in her first year as head coach of the Lady Tigers and said she's happy with the progress she's seen in the first full week of practices.

"They're very eager to learn and open minded about playing out of system," Svien said. "We have a senior setter that was hurt and we had to have multiple girls step up for that role. Having her would've made an impact in both scrimmages. They're more than willing to step into other roles when needed."

The regular season began Monday on the road against Magnolia and the Lady Tigers host Fulshear and Flatonia on Tuesday before starting the Columbus tournament on Thursday.

Sealy's freshman and junior varsity teams will also travel to Schulenburg on Wednesday for tournament play.

"We only have one day of actual practice this week," Svien said. "We have tournaments and games. We're just going hard."

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