The Central volleyball team is in the kitchen concocting what it thinks will be a recipe for a great season.
Like any new dish, though, the ingredients may be accessible but it’s difficult to know how much of which ones to put into the bowl before stirring. And there are plenty of new ingredients to select from.
The Lady Chargers have four total players returning. Two of those four are seniors and the other two are returning varsity starters. Three junior varsity players will move up, so head coach Terri Kelso said she’s heading into the first workouts of the season this week with seven spots likely filled.
“The chemistry and how they play together is an important factor,” Kelso said of how the team might fare this season. “I have a pretty good idea of what it will be and who it will be on the court, but how they play on the court remains to be seen.”
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Kelso isn’t hesitant to put the ingredients in the bowl, stir thoroughly, and pop it in the oven.
There will be plenty of heat, as Central will have their first scrimmage on Friday, with their season opener on Aug. 12. It will be just three weeks until the district schedule starts.
The new district, 5-6A, will not mourn the loss of last year’s champion, Carroll. But it won’t be any easier, with the addition of Denton’s Guyer and Ryan and Byron Nelson. Both Guyer and Nelson were playoff teams last year.
The two seniors for Central, Amy Wood, playing in the middle, and Hailey Hervey, a defensive specialist, will help lead the team, which finished third in the district race. They finished the season at 28-16 and 7-5 in the district schedule. Central bowed out in the bi-district round in a loss to Arlington Martin.
Two key returning underclassmen will be juniors Katelyn Rowton and Breanna McGranahan.
Although there will be more JV players moving up than there are returning varsity players, Kelso said she expects to have a very dynamic team, even though they won’t be as tall as they have been in the past.
“Our strength will be in different places than in previous years,” Kelso said. “Our overall strength will be up.”
The reliance on younger players isn’t a concern for the Lady Chargers, as Kelso said she is really pleased with what she has seen of the underclassmen, thus far.
“We’re losing a lot of experience, but we’ve had a good off-season and the kids are coming on. I’m very excited about this year,” Kelso said.
Volleyball teams began their first workouts of the season this week, having the school all to themselves for the first week before anyone else graces the hallways in preparation for the new school year.
In the meantime, Central will look to “piece it all together” prior to the first game of the season and before the sound of classmates head to the cafeteria and gym, looking to see what’s been cooking.