With 47 middle school girls out for volleyball this fall, Hayden coach Judy Parrott said it "was a little crazy sometimes."
Still, the coaches and players found ways to work together en route to successful seasons.
The seventh- and eighth-grade teams each finished 8-4, defeating talented teams on the way.
"We had never beaten Meeker," Parrott said. "And the eighth grade beat them."
The seventh-grade team also hosted an end-of-season tournament, and the Tigers went 2-1. The season lasts from August to mid-October.
"They were a great group," Parrott said. "They really loved the sport, and a lot of times at middle school you don't feel that, but they were real passionate about playing."
Parrott also said the teams did a good job sharing playing time because so many girls came out for volleyball.
The eighth-grade team had the fewest number of players, with 12 girls, but Parrott said those seem committed to continuing playing in high school.
"They seem to be very athletic and want to get better, and you don't always see that in middle school. We saw so much improvement."
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