By Buck Ringgold
One of the most important things Van Buren volleyball coach Brent Reeves believed his team achieved last season was to gain some early confidence.
Especially in the rugged 6A-West Conference, as the Lady Pointers finished the first half of conference play with a 5-2 record. Van Buren went on to an 8-6 finish in the 6A-West and picked up 18 total wins, including an opening-round 6A state tournament win.
"I tell you, I think one of the most important things that happened last year was I think they really started to step up and believe they could win some games. ... I think that's good, I think that's a big step for any team really, just to have that belief and that they absolutely can," Reeves said.
Now the Lady Pointers, who resumed off-season workouts Monday following the dead period, are wanting to build off that solid 2018.
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The 2018-2019 athletic calendar has concluded, so VYPE San Antonio will have a series dedicated to notable performers and moments over the past year. Check out the area's top 10 UIL girls athletes.
No. 1: Corina Carter (Converse Judson basketball)
The New Mexico signee, all-state senior and UIL 6A championship game MVP led the Rockets to their first state title.
No. 2: Aliyah Pritchett (New Braunfels Canyon softball)
The Baylor signee and all-state senior led the Cougars to the UIL 6A state semifinal.
No. 3: Kara McGhee (San Antonio Clark volleyball)
The Baylor signee and all-state senior led the Cougars to the UIL 6A Region IV final and was named one of the nation's top 50 high school volleyball players.
No. 4: Caroline Meuth (San Antonio Churchill volleyball)
The Notre Dame signee and all-state senior led the Chargers to the second round of the UIL 6A playoffs.
No. 5: Kyra White (Converse Judson basketball)
The USC signee and all-state senior played a major role in the Rockets' run to the UIL 6A state championship.
No. 6: Amaya Brown (Goliad track and field)
The Texas State-bound senior won UIL 3A state championships in the long jump and triple jump.
No. 7: Morgan Fey (San Antonio Southwest track and field)
The junior won the UIL 5A discus state championship and earned a state bronze medal in shot put.
No. 8: Adelyhda Perez (Uvalde wrestling)
The Lobos' senior and three-time UIL state wrestling champ finished her high school career with the 2019 UIL 5A 138-pound state championship.
No. 9: Charli Becker (Kerrville Tivy basketball)
The all-state senior led the Antlers to the UIL 5A state semifinal.
No. 10: Lea Karren (Jourdanton tennis)
The France native and Squaws' junior won the UIL 3A girls singles tennis state championship.
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By Buck Ringgold
A year ago at this time, the Ozark volleyball program was still in the process of preparing to play its inaugural season.
This off-season, second-year coach Kelsey Webb hasn't had to spend much time on basics. Instead, she has been working with the Lady Hillbillies on more match-specific situations.
"It's been completely different (this off-season)," Webb said. "Last year, we were still learning the game, learning skills, the very, very basics.
"This year, we're taking a step forward and we're kind of not necessarily perfecting those basic skills, but we're getting a lot better to where we can go over more specific things that can happen in a match or just other things that we don't have to work on the basic individual skills for the game, so that's been really, really exciting."
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