Last year, the Hayden Tigers walked away from a few of their volleyball games in tears. But that was then. This is now.
The girls are back with renewed energy and enthusiasm, said new head coach Amber Carney, who has played volleyball competitively for more than 10 years on college, high school and club teams.
Carney's knowledge of the game is reflected in the eyes of about 40 girls who came out for the team this year. Several expressed their gratitude for having such an experienced coach.
Junior outside hitter Jaime Waugh said the team already has been practicing and simulating game situations, instead of focusing so much on fitness. The girls have taken care of that at open-gym days all summer, which nearly all the players attended.
Waugh was a sophomore starter for her high school varsity team in Saratoga, Wyo., last year. Carney and several players said they thought Waugh will be a force to be reckoned with.
Middle blocker Margie Jones said she can see the improvements in the team.
"We will be better than last year," she said.
"We want to win," senior setter Millie Hellyer said. "I'm excited to see how we'll play together, but I'm still so nervous."
Carney said the first goal is to develop a winning attitude, so that the girls expect and believe they can win.
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