Tigers wrap up volleyball season
The Hayden Tigers’ volleyball season came to a close Wednesday night after a loss to Paonia. But because the Lady Tigers “played their hearts out” in every game of the season, coach Amber Hall said she couldn’t be happier.
“They never quit,” Hall said. “They were either up or down. Now they just need to be confident in their ability to win. Once we get that down, along with a die-hard attitude, we can go very far. We just need that winning mentality first.
“I am very happy with them. They did a wonderful job this season, and that just makes me even more excited about next season.”
Hall said the Tigers played well against Paonia on Wednesday night, despite losing 25-22, 25-16 and 25-23.
Paonia’s middle blockers were stopping many of Hayden’s volleys, Hall said, and Paonia was serving the ball well, being very selective about placement. Hayden would win a point but then give a bad serve, she said.
Despite the frustration, the Tigers played much better than the last time they faced Paonia on Sept. 13, Hall said. Since that time, the Tigers improved in all areas, but mostly in playing as a team, she said.
Unfortunately for Hayden, Paonia improved, as well.
The team did not practice Tuesday but will meet today for a relaxed day of scrimmages, Hall said.
Hall said she would miss this team, particularly the seniors who will not be back next year.
“As a coach, you always feel bad to lose seniors,” Hall said. “I’m really happy with these seniors. They were passive starting out, but they really stepped up their leadership.”
Hall is looking forward to next season and preseason. She said she would extend open gym times, hold a volleyball camp and increase physical conditioning work.
Hall said it looked as though the program would have 46 girls next season, with the freshman class bringing up 16 girls.
“My expectations weren’t many coming into this season because I never saw them play as a team,” Hall said. “But the parents were very supportive, and the team went above and beyond all my expectations.”
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