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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Young Eagles attend clinic; HS volleyball set to begin

Elementary and junior high school volleyball players filled the Pecos High School gym last week, participating in the annual summer volleyball clinic, while high school players will be there starting next Monday, when pre-season workouts for the Pecos Eagles get underway.

Coach Helen Kimbrough said the freshman through senior players would be working out from 9-12 in the morning and from 2-5 in the afternoons next week, while last week’s clinic also ran during t he morning and afternoon hours and was divided by grade levels.

“We had a good turnout, and what I’m liking about it is we had a lot of fourth, fifth and sixth graders come out, and they’re doing a good job learning,” Kimbrough said Friday morning. “Maintaining their discipline is a little difficult, but they’re hanging in there, and they have to get up early in the morning and work from 9 to 12, and they’re giving me everything they’ve got, and this shows you how Pecos and the community are committed to this sport.”

She said the weeklong clinic covered all aspects, though the work was different for the fourth through seventh grade class in the morning than it was for the afternoon eighth grade class.

“We worked on bumping, setting, floor spacing and a little bit of strategies. We worked on the ‘W’ (serve reception formation), and right now on the last day we’re going to play some and let the kids have some fun,” Kimbrough said. “The eighth grade is a lot different. There, we go over drills, and do hitting, blocking and passing, along with defensive and offense, and they’re doing pretty good.”

She said most of the girls expected to play junior high volleyball this coming season did participate in the clinic. “Not everybody came out, but the ones who are dedicated did, and they also came out at night to play with the big (high school) girls.

“A lot of how you find your team is what you do in the summer. People who don’t work in the summer, it will be hard for them to get ready for what they’re going to have to do in practice,” she said.

Practice for the Eagles’ ninth through 12 grade girls starts next Monday. They’ll scrimmage in Monahans on Aug. 11 and open their 2008 season on Aug. 14 at home against Wink.

Pecos will be trying to improve on their results last season, Kimbrough’s first as PHS head coach, when the Eagles advanced to the Region I-3A semifinals before losing to eventual state champ Canyon. That’s also where Pecos will be going following their season opener, for the first of three regular season tournaments.

“I’m expecting about 45 kids to show up,” she said. “There might only be 35 or 40 kids who end up playing, but I’m going to give everybody a chance.”

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