Panthers ready for districts
With less than a week to go until district tournament time, the Rugby High School volleyball team is going to spend its next few practices, and its next two matches, preparing to move on to regionals.
The Panthers play Newburg-Westhope in the opening round of the tournament on Oct. 31 in Towner.
It’s a rematch of a match from early October, when the Panthers dropped a 5-game decision to N-W.
In that game, Rugby won two of the games convincingly but dropped close decisions in the other three games.
“We had moments of greatness when we played (Newburg-Westhope),” Panthers head coach Jessica Fritz said. “We played some very solid games against them. They’re going to be a tough team, and we just have to go in with the attitude we’re going to leave it on the court. Everything matters. It’s now two wins (to get to regionals).”
The Panthers have a pair of non-district games left against Benson County and Rolla, and will try to go back to school on the fundamentals leading up to the District 11 Tournament.
“We went through that slump and a lot of it was our communication,” Fritz said. “We’re really going to work on that now this next week. We’ve got some tough games against Rolla and Benson County. We hope that’s going to gel everything so we’re ready for some big district games. It doesn’t matter (if you win). It’s great to win them and go into that district tournament with a lot of confidence, but you have to work on your fundamentals.”
Fritz said the team will need to be aggressive, especially on the hitting side, to move on to the Region 6 Tournament.
“I keep telling them it’s a kill, it’s recorded as a kill,” she said. “You are supposed to hit the ball, not tap it, not push it. You earn that. I keep preaching that to the girls and they are getting a little more aggressive.”
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