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Offseason work will pay off for Lady Cougars

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

When you’re trying to build a program, there are no off days.

 

That’s the mentality and type of work ethic that Lady Cougar Volleyball Head Coach Ted Prol is working to instill in the players in his program. Aside from offseason workout sessions and conditioning, Prol has also put his players into a position to play against some tough competition to keep their skills sharp as they prepare for the upcoming 2018 season.

 

“The travel season started in mid-March and concluded with our final tournament Easter weekend in Myrtle Beach,” Prol said. “The 17-U team finished fifth in the Gold Bracket. The 16-U team finished the weekend undefeated, with a perfect 6-0 record Sunday to win the Silver Bracket Championship. We’re really pleased and proud of how both our teams performed.”

 

During the course of the season the teams played In tournaments at Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Marshall University, Bridgewater College, East Tennessee State University, Sevierville, Tennessee, and at the Shamrock Festival in Roanoke.

 

“Both teams had a great season and really worked hard on improving their skills,” Prol said. “Many of the girls showed not only growth in the game, but in their personal lives as well.”

 

While the team is not a “school” team during the offseason, it is a chance for the young ladies from the school team to bond and build a closer relationship with their teammates.

 

“Travel season is a special time for the girls,” Prol added. “They really enjoy their time with each other when we travel for these weekend tournament. Outside of the volleyball, they get to cut up and laugh some, hang out and enjoy other activities. They always seem to like finding the pool, going to movies, riding go carts or just relax. It’s good team building stuff.”

 

While having the two squads is a good tool for building his program, Prol is also excited about the possibility of doing even more.

 

“I look forward to expanding the program next year by having younger girls join us,” he said. “I would love to have a 12-U and 14-U team to add to what we already have. We’ll be getting the information out about that soon so the parents can start planning and get informed.”

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