◆ Annual tournament will begin at 8 am on Friday at CHS.
A new coaching staff is blending with a solid returning core of players for the SVHS Volleyball team as new Head Coach, Brian Toomer, will take his new team back to the familiar floors of Cokeville High School this Friday and Saturday for tournament play.
With another week of practice gained, Toomer has a lot of positive comments on the Lady Braves.
“Currently we are very pleased with the girls that we have and their effort,” That first week; it’s a whole different thing. The girls have tryouts and two-a-days and cuts and it’s all before school starts and they and then getting on the bus at 4:50 in the morning and I’m just way impressed with their work ethic.”
The spikers will be taking three different squads to Cokeville and forming two teams. The varsity will have sophomore players behind them to form the first varsity group in Pool B and then the junior varsity will be playing a varsity schedule as well in Pool C.
Coach Toomer emphasized a few traits he’d like to see this week.
“The biggest thing that I’m wanting to see is our intensity of playing defense and not letting the ball hit the floor,” he stated. “Being able to have fun playing hard and aggressive. We’re seeing that in practice.”
Some of the teams on the schedule are familiar and others are not.
“I”ll start with Lyman,” Toomer replied. “They’ve had some great athletes over the last few years and they have a great program. Preston and West Side are somewhat new to me. I don’t know much about those two. “
Pool C is comprised of the Lady Braves, Bear Lake, Evanston and defending 3A champion Mountain View.
Pool A will be made up of Cokeville, Grace, Green River and Pinedale.
Toomer and his staff will use the weekend to settle their lineup a bit.
“It’s still a little up in the air,” he concluded. “We have a great experienced senior group and out of that group there is some experience setting with Kam Jenkins. On the outside we have Mia Hutchinson, Gracie Cazier and McKenna Frazier. They are all aggressive. Middle hitters like Cazier, Amber Milne [and] Olivia Englehart. Josie Linford is an opposite hitter there and Whitnee Hale at libero. We’re just doing a lot of fine-tuning right now.”