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Pagosa Springs High School girls volleyball coach Connie Sue O’Donnell is excited and anticipating a great year for her team.
This Saturday, Aug. 23, the girl’s varsity and junior varsity will launch the 2014-2015 season with a multi-team pre-season scrimmage. The scrimmage will start at 9 a.m., with the varsity girls playing in the middle school gym and the junior varsity playing in the high school gym. The varsity will be in the middle school due to increased area between courts.
The scrimmage will be unique in the fact that there will be nine other teams competing against the Pagosa Springs Pirates. O’Donnell said the scrimmage is good because there will be six continuous hours of volleyball against varied teams, but the meet will only count as one scrimmage.
“There are nine other schools that will be here, this is a big scrimmage. It is nice to have different teams here so we can play against different teams and face varied playing styles,“ O’Donnell said.
The head coach also noted, “We have two new tournaments this year against Delta and Glenwood. It gives us the chance to play someone different and from different areas of the state.”
O’Donnell has been busy getting the team ready to play in the season ahead.
“We have been trying really hard to bring a faster tempo and more playing in our practices. I feel really good about it,” O’Donnell said.
“I feel positive about this year. The gym feels good and the girls have worked hard in off-season. I have a freshman on the varsity team this year, which is not normal for the program; while I have had a freshman before, it is strange to know I’ve had this string of talented freshmen come in. It’s great.”
When asked about the coaching staff, O’Donnell shared, “This is my fifth year as head coach. My C-team coach is Cathy Holland, who also works for the school district and has been with me the whole time. Our new junior varsity coach this year is Caitlin Forrest. I used to coach Caitlin. She is coming to us from Arizona and she will also be teaching fifth grade,” O’Donnell said.
When asked about the returning players, O’Donnell stated, “We graduated one senior. We have four players returning and four new ones coming in.”
The girls on the varsity team this year are Brooke Kudelski, outside hitter, junior; Megan Farrah, outside hitter, sophomore; Morgan Schaaf, middle blocker, senior; Faith Ahlhardt, middle blocker, freshman; LaShae Smith, setter, junior; Miah Pitcher, right side, junior; Remy Oney, defensive specialist, junior; and Shaylah Lucero, defensive specialist, senior.
Aug. 23, 8 a.m. Pre-season scrimmage at home.
Aug. 29, Glenwood Springs (GSHS) Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.
Aug. 30, GSHS Demon Invitational in Glenwood Springs.
Sept. 5-6, Delta Tournament at Delta High School.
Sept. 11, 6 p.m. in Cortez.
Sept. 18, 6 p.m. in Alamosa.
Sept. 20, 6 p.m. versus Centauri at home.
Sept. 23, 6 p.m. versus Farmington at home.
Sept. 25, 6 p.m. in Dolores.
Sept. 30, 6 p.m. versus Bayfield at home.
Oct. 2, 6 p.m. in Monte Vista.
Oct. 7, 6 p.m. in Aztec.
Oct. 9, 6 p.m. versus Alamosa at home.
Oct. 11, 6 p.m. in Centauri.
Oct. 14, 6 p.m. in Bayfield.
Oct. 16, 6 p.m. in Sanford.
Oct. 21, 6 p.m. versus Ignacio at home.
Oct. 23, 6 p.m. versus Monte Vista at home.