Thursday, September 17, 2009
DALLAS -- Dallas' volleyball team has been practicing for weeks now with only the Sept. 3 Mid-Willamette Conference Jamboree at Corvallis to break up the monotone.
That changes completely this week as the Lady Dragons open league play with matches against Crescent Valley and Corvallis. DHS will wrap up a busy five-day stretch by hosting the Dallas Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 19.
"(Tuesday) night is going to be a tough night," Dallas coach Molly Fennimore said, referring to the Sept. 15 opener against Crescent Valley. "Crescent Valley has been good in the past, and they're good again this year. It's a tough opener, but we're going in with the expectation that we can beat them. We're going to work hard and move on to Corvallis."
Results of the Dallas-Crescent Valley match were unavailable at press time. The Lady Dragons will travel to Corvallis Thursday, Sept. 17.
Dallas won four of seven single-game matches at the jamboree, beating Corvallis, Woodburn, Silverton and Lebanon.
"Overall, it went really well," Fennimore said. "I think we did pretty good. In a jamboree, everybody still is trying to figure out their lineups and all of that. We were competitive with everybody. Silverton, West Albany and Crescent Valley look to be the teams to beat.
"We found of we're in the land of the giants, and we're a very short team. What we lack in height we make up for in scrappiness and defense, not letting balls hit the ground. It was a good start for our season.
One key for the Lady Dragons will be the play of Hannah Frederick, who is taking over the role of setter.
"Hannah is working really hard," Fennimore said. "She's really just learning the setter position. She didn't play it a whole lot last year. She's working really hard and learning what she needs to know."
Twins Sophie and Maddie Stewart are two of the team's most experienced players and best hitters. Sam Skinner and Shelby Phelps also have played well in preseason workouts.
"Everyone is working very hard," Fennimore said. "I could say something good about every one of the kids."