NEEDLES — The start of the Needles High School Lady ’Stangs varsity volleyball season is right around the corner and head coach Patricia Phelps is excited about the upcoming season.
“We have a couple of starters returning on varsity and we brought up three freshmen to play on the team so we’re still a very young team,” said Phelps.
The Lady ’Stangs travel to participate in the Havasu Tourney on Saturday, Sept. 8. Their first home game is on Monday, Sept. 10, against Mohave Accelerated Learning Center’s Lady Patriots: starting at 4 p.m. for junior varsity and 5 p.m. for varsity. Their first home league game is against the Mountain View Lady Saints on Tuesday, Sept. 11, starting at 5 p.m.. Their homecoming game, added since the schedule was initially printed, is Friday, Oct. 12, against the Lake Mead Lady Eagles in The Corral starting at 4 p.m. for JV and 5 p.m. for varsity.
“We’ve gone over our rotations but what we’ve been working on more is our communication within the team,” said Phelps. “The returning starters that know our strategies have done a good job of mentoring the first year starters on the team.”
Last season, the Lady ’Stangs just missed out on the playoffs but this year they believe they can make a push to be in the top four.
“We’re a good setting, hitting and defensive team and I do think that we can be competitive in the league this year,” said Phelps.
“Riley Breaux is going to be a major factor up close on the net as well as Paige Murch with her outside hitting.”
Phelps stated that at the Havasu Tourney the team is going to know where they are at compared to big and small high schools.
“It’s great experience for our younger players and it’s for our team to get a couple of full-speed games under their belts to start the season,” said Phelps. “It’s really good practice as well because we are constantly playing a game and since it’s an all-day event, we play a lot of games.”