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August 4, 2013

Seeking hitters

Lady Rams begin 2013 practices Monday; coach says front row is ‘open competition’

By TONY EIERDAM

Looking to fill three starting front row positions and another starting spot on the back row, the Mineral Wells Lady Rams will begin August workouts Monday in what will be an important first week of practice.

The Lady Rams return senior all-district libero Bethany Allen and senior all-district setter Erin Burgeson. Lady Rams head coach Taylor Eggleston, in her fourth year as the volleyball team’s top boss, said the first four days of practices will be crucial to not only try to find girls who will earn the open starting spots, but also to find out the right combination of players to fit the schemes.

Workouts all week for freshmen and upperclassmen will begin at 6 a.m. at the high school track with conditioning drills. The freshmen will follow with practice in the morning, and junior varsity and varsity practice will be from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“We don’t just do straight running (during the conditioning hour),” Eggleston said. “We do all types of agility drills and weights.

“It is also a bonding period for the girls.”

The Lady Rams will scrimmage at Fort Worth Western Hills on Friday and at Glen Rose on Saturday.

Eggleston said she hopes to have some questions answered before the scrimmages.

“We have open competition on the front row,” she said. “In the first four days of practice I am hoping to see different people step up and fill in those roles.

“I also looking for combinations of girls who work well together.

“I think a big part of my job is finding the different combinations that mesh well and give us the best opportunity to be successful. Sometimes you mix it up to see different people playing with each other to see how well they will work together.”

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