Midwest City High School’s volleyball team hasn’t played a real game yet. But head coach Annessa Parker believes they’re already miles ahead of last year.
Following a disappointing 2015-16 season, the Lady Bombers have been honing their skills as players and learning to work together as a team.
“Their mindset is so much more focused and they’re holding each other accountable,” Parker said. “They want to elevate their skills but also come together as a cohesive unit.”
Strengthening the team bonds is the first step in building a winning program. Parker believes the second is learning to overcome adversity on the court, which is something the team struggled with last year.
“If we can do those things then we can be a winning program,” Parker said. “We want to get to the point where the girls believe they will win a game before they step out on the court.”
Senior outside hitter Jayda Littleton said they have bought into that philosophy and are hungry to turn their program around.
“We’re hoping to move forward from last year and show others teams in Class 6A how much we’ve grown as a team and gotten better,” she said.
Littleton is one of six returning varsity players. She will be joined by junior Kathryn Smith who moved from middle blocker to right side hitter. Charity Fair will likely slide into the middle spot but can play a variety of roles.
Sophomore Faith Sebock has made big strides this offseason and will start at setter. Senior Tatyana Martin returns at defensive specialist.
Aria Watson, Cheyenne White and Elisabeth Pitre, who is nursing a sore ankle, will likely help as reserves. Watson played middle last year but is improving her all-around game. White can back up the setter or defensive specialist and Pitre is a backup hitter.
“Aria is really trying to branch out and try to play outside,” Parker said. “Cheyenne White has a consistent work ethic and is sort of our glue player and can sub in for anyone.”
The Lady Bombers travel to Carl Albert for their season opener on Aug. 8. They will then travel to Del City for the Big 10 Conference Tournament on Aug. 12-13.