Austin area high school volleyball scene, it's time to meet the new kid on the block. Its name is Buda Johnson and it's scheduled to open its inaugural varsity volleyball season in September. It has one year of sub-varsity experience and is already focused on hitting the big time as a member of UIL's 26-5A district. The Jaguars will face a mix of Austin and San Antonio area programs, including Alamo Heights, Boerne Champion, Dripping Springs, New Braunfels Canyon, Kerrville Tivy, Kyle Lehman, San Antonio Veterans Memorial and Seguin.
"The biggest thing for us is continue to work hard every day," said Buda Johnson head volleyball coach Shelly Jones. "We are returning a corp group of young ladies. Opening this varsity season, they understand the expectations set before them and they're ready to compete. They know that our district is one of the hardest in the state, but they also take that as we're the underdogs or the silent assassin. We're going to come in and show them what we're made of. The fact that we're young is not an option for these ladies."
Coach Jones is very familiar with local volleyball from her previous stops at Dripping Springs and Burnet. She learned a lot from her past assistant and head coach experiences and plans to implement important lessons in shaping her latest program's development.