Coaches often like to have a strong measuring stick to start the season for their team, just to see what areas they need to work on and what areas of their game are in pretty good shape.
The Nelson volleyball team got that opportunity last weekend when it competed in the Pearland Tournament, a competition that is generally regarded as one of the strongest in the state.
The Lady Bobcats will compete in another strong tournament this coming weekend when they host their home tournament, and head coach Libby Pacheco said she expects a good turnaround.
“I really feel that, even though we didn't have the results we were hoping for a Pearland, I feel we're going to have a really good showing this weekend,” Pacheco said. “I think we'll have a good bounce-back this weekend.”
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The Lady Bobcats went 1-5 in Pearland, and Pacheco said that where there are certainly areas where the team needs to improve, she did see a lot of promising signs that give her hope for the season as well.
“You go Pearland to get a good idea about where you are as a team in terms of your weaknesses and strengths and things like that,” Pacheco said. “And that is exactly what we did. We found out exactly what we need to work on. You can do things like scrimmages and stuff like that, but you never really know until you face some good competition on the other side of the court.”
Nelson defeated Lumberton and played the likes of Pearland, San Antonio Alamo Heights, San Antonio Johnson, Highland Park and Plano West at the tournament.
Pacheco said there are a couple of areas where she feels her team needs to improve and was very impressed with areas where the team did well.
“Defensively, we played great,” Pacheco said. “That was something we knew we were going to have to do well this season. Our senior leadership was outstanding this year ... they were very consistent throughout the weekend, which were both very positive for us.
“Now, we are not very big, so we are going to have to make up for that in other areas. Where we used to be dominant at the net, we were not this weekend. We need to get better there.”
Pacheco said she is going to have a her players work on a couple of areas in practice this coming week.
“We're going to work on our net play,” Pacheco said. “We have to be a lot more aggressive when we're attacking, and also being able to put up some type of a challenge for opposing teams' hitters.”