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First-year coach Blume sees improvement from Stall volleyball squad

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

North Charleston – Coming in as a first-year volleyball coach, Jessica Blume wasn’t really interested in what Stall High School had done in the past.

“I didn’t really know a whole lot about the team’s record the previous year, but I kind of took the mindset that as far as I was concerned it was a brand new team.”

At least one with a new direction, she added. The majority of the Lady Warriors squad was comprised of players with varsity experience, it was simply a matter of building toward bigger goals, Blume said.

“I think consistency was the biggest issue,” she said. “Consistency in serving and returning the ball and things like that. I didn’t want to just be happy with the basics, though, I wanted to see some great things – some really good blocks and some consistent serves.”

 Blume had coached a lot of them in softball, so the transition was made a little easier by that. A bigger transition was moving up from AAAA to AAAAA, she said.

“We all knew that was going to be hard,” Blume said. “But the biggest thing was just getting them to buy into the fact that because it’s hard, you’re going to have to work a little harder and push yourselves.”

Blume saw the team turn the corner in terms of competitiveness as well.

“I think a lot of their previous matches were basically sweeps,” she said. “But this year, we were able to push a lot of teams to a fourth set, which was a big improvement in my eyes not letting teams run all over us. They had to work for it and I was glad to see that from the girls.”

Among the players to have a big impact this season was junior Jessica Haynes – who was a leader on and off the court, Blume said. Abigail Bailey was another such leader while Angela Scott was one of the big hitters for the Lady Warriors.

“That was encouraging to see all three of those girls step in and fill those leadership roles, for sure,” Blume said.

 

 

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