By Robert Jacobus
WARREN – Michelle Weichert spoke recently about the Warren Lady Warriors prospects for the 2018 volleyball season.
Weichert is in her sixth season as head coach of the Lady Warriors volleyball team. She said, “We have a very young team. Only two girls have varsity experience. We have some talent but it’s going to take some time to develop. We made the playoffs for the second year in a row, but we lost to Brazos High School in the first round of the playoffs. I think our district is up for grabs this year. Even though we’re young, and it’s going to be challenging to make the playoffs, I still think we can do it. We’ll definitely compete.”
The Lady Warriors opened their season last Tuesday with a loss at Liberty in four sets: 25-10, 22-25, 25-14, 25-15. Weichert added, “We competed very well versus Liberty even though we came up a bit short.”
The Warriors then took part in the Woodville Tournament on Aug. 9 and 11. Lumberton beat the Lady Warriors in a first-round match, 25-6, 25-22. Warren then lost to Cleveland by a score of 25-16, 25-14.
On Saturday the Lady Warriors lost a hard-fought match to Class 6A Beaumont United, 19-25, 25-22, and 25-15.
Weichert concluded, “The first match of the tournament things started off rough for us, but we actually played pretty well the rest of the way.”
This week Warren played at Hull-Daisetta on Tuesday and play in the Groveton Tournament on Aug. 16 and 18. The Lady Warriors also play at Jasper on Friday Aug. 17.
On another note, Warren football Coach Jay Buckner took time out recently to assess the first week of Warrior practice. Warren spent the first 5 days of practice in helmets and shorts only. Last Saturday, the Warriors put on full pads at practice for the first time.
“The attitude of our players in phenomenal so far,” Buckner said. “The kids have worked really hard and both the players and coaches have been very positive. This has been one of the most positive weeks coaching I’ve had in my career.
“The seniors are doing a great job leading and our young players are coming along pretty fast. We’re real young on the line so they have to pick things up quickly. Even though our linemen are young, they’re hungry, talented, and move well.”
Buckner then turned his attention to this Friday’s scrimmage against West Sabine and Kountze at Kountze. “I know we’ll get a great effort from the kids,” Buckner asserted. “We’re going to see who our battlers are, who we want to go to war with.
“We want to make sure everybody gets playing time, which they will. We have to figure out who our first teamers will be and who can work together as a group. We’re looking for guys who can push the starters for playing time and hopefully we’ll find some much-needed depth.
Buckner concluded with, “Team chemistry is also important and obviously something we look for in preseason. Finally, we want to come out of the scrimmage injury-free. We can’t wait for Friday.”