Chambers Academy volleyball coach Kayla Black is expecting to see a big difference from her team in year two of the program’s existence.
Under Black’s guidance, Chambers began a volleyball program in 2013, and though participation and enthusiasm came right away, the results weren’t always there.
“Last year we really didn’t know what to expect because none of the girls had ever played before,” Black says. “Everything was new, from the teams we played to the girls’ experience. We spent most of our practices just learning the game. But we are definitely ahead this year. Last year, each girl just learned her position, but now everyone can play different positions and we’re already working on our rotations and strategy.”
The foundation set in 2013 is especially important because the sport begins so early in the school year. School starts on August 6 and the Rebels’ first match set for August 18. And with non-mandatory practice beginning in the middle of July, CA doesn’t get much time to prepare for the season.
It’s not something Black is concerned about. “They learned a lot last year and you could really tell that it was coming together at the end of the year,” she says. “I saw a definite improvement as the year progressed. They found out how hard it is.
“Now we have more experience and we are more familiar with the teams that we will play, so I think that’s going to make a big difference. I really see us making some noise and winning some matches.”
Chambers will play South Montgomery County Academy in their season opener on August 18. Before that, however, the Rebels will travel to Dothan to play a scrimmage quad match against Northside on August 9.
CA’s first area game will take place on August 21 against Evangel Christian in Montgomery. The first of their seven scheduled home matches will take place on August 25 against Glenwood.
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