Jul 6, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterIf summer work is an indicator, then Riverton Lady Wolverine head volleyball coach Adrian McNamee has to be excited about the mix of new and veteran players who are preparing for the upcoming high school volleyball season.
Although the Lady Wolverines won't officially start practice until mid-August, Riverton will travel to the competitive Cherry Creek High School volleyball camp next week.
"We've had a really good turnout, one of our better summers. We have a wide variety from our seniors to our incoming freshman," McNamee said.
Riverton will take enough players for two teams to Cherry Creek and will play up to nine games each day of the camp.
"We'll play smaller schools that are our size all the way up to the Class 5-A big dogs in Colorado. We'll see a wide variety of talent and skill level," McNamee said.
The energy at open gym has been positive, and the intensity is at a level that the coach likes.
"Right now we are trying to get the ball back into their hands and still have fun. I don't want them to be burned out before the season starts. We do have a lot of girls in the weight room. The girls are starting to figure out that they need to put in the time and the effort, and it is starting to pay off," McNamee said.
Last year, the Wolverines had a successful volleyball season that included wins at the state tournament over Evanston and Kelly Walsh, two teams that had beaten Riverton in the regular season. Riverton's win over the Lady Trojans was the first since 1998 and gave Riverton the fourth-place trophy behind Sheridan, Laramie and Gillette.
"There have been summers where you get to a certain point that it is a waste of time for coaches to be there. We have not gotten to that point with these girls," McNamee said.
If there is one concern that McNamee has, it may be the way her team jells collectively and whether her players can focus on the importance of the team aspects of the game. The veteran coach knows that will be a key as to whether the Lady Wolverines can continue their recent success.
"If we can take care of that early in the season, then we'll be fine. If we don't, it will be an interesting season," McNamee said.
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