Eagles ready to spike the competition

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Goshen Eagles Volleyball team held a team camp on Saturday at the high school. The team went over fundamentals of the game, and all learned something they didn’t know before.

&uot;We were really excited with our JV turnout,&uot; coach Dee Hughes said. &uot;They are all energetic and ready to go.&uot;

Hughes is taking the reigns this season as Goshen’s volleyball coach after a five-year absence on the court.

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&uot;I’m excited to get back into coaching volleyball again,&uot; Hughes said.

The team went through numerous drills on the court.

&uot;We worked on our bump, set, spike,&uot; sophomore Kaitlin Thomas said. &uot;We are working on communicating more and they taught us to take less steps.&uot;

Thomas plays both varsity and JV for Goshen.

&uot;It helped me correct a lot of mistakes,&uot; Neshia Whatley said. Whatley, also a sophomore, said the camp went great and she picked up on a lot of new things.

&uot;We worked on serving and setting,&uot; Whatley said. &uot;We want to go the playoffs again and have a good team this year.&uot;

Whether or not the Eagles will have a good team is yet to be determined, but their work ethic is in full swing in the few remaining days of summer break.

&uot;I learned that you have to move your feet at all times on the court,&uot; Shay Sexton said.

Coach Hughes referred to Sexton as a big part of this year’s team.

&uot;I think she has what it takes to step up and be a leader,&uot; Hughes said.

Sexton also believes she can be a big part of her team’s success and has put her mind toward achieving that goal.

&uot;I’m trying to step it up,&uot; Sexton said. &uot;I want to be a leader this year. Last year I wasn’t much of a leader. It takes discipline.&uot;

Discipline will be the main focus on the court this season. The Eagles are working hard, and anticipate a successful season.