Volleyball team ready to build on legacy
After several seasons as district champs, Rugby High’s Girls Volleyball teams are ready for more.
“We’re coming off some pretty successful years,” Varsity Coach Jessica Fritz told the Tribune. “We’ve been district champs for the last four, maybe five years now. We’ve been in the Regional Championship game this year, and we’re looking at capitalizing on our success, and getting stronger, and getting to that championship game again and winning this year.”
The Rugby girls met up with teams from Harvey-Wells County and Drake-Anamoose High Schools Tuesday evening for a round robin scrimmage in the RHS gym, where Fritz said all players had the opportunity to get time on the court, and the teams could “see where we’re at.”
Although games on the regular schedule give the Lady Panthers an opportunity to size up the competition and spot any challenges, Fritz said some teams who may prove to be the toughest matches may not face the Rugby girls until the regionals.
“They’re some of our strongest competitors,” Fritz noted. “There’s Our Redeemer’s, who we’ve met in the championship two years in a row; we’ve met Des Lacs-Burlington, and they always have a great team; Minot/Ryan has solid teams, and they’re under a new coach. So, we’re always watching scores and checking stats to see how we can match up with them and best meet them at the end.”
Overall, though, Fritz said the girls are ready to start their season Saturday in Bottineau against the Stars.
“We’re bringing back a lot of experience. We did lose five seniors last year, but yet, we’ve still got a handful of girls who have a lot of varsity experience. So, we’re really looking to fill those leadership roles, and take us to that next level,” she noted.
“We’ve got a lot of things (this year) we’re excited for,” Fritz continued. Definitely there are things I’ve seen (at the scrimmage) we can work on, but we’re ready to play in a tournament again, and start seeing where we lay in terms of competition. It was a great day. I love scrimmages, just to see what we can do, what we can do differently. It’s a great experience.”
Junior Varsity and C-Squad players have a busy Saturday planned, too, as they host Bishop Ryan, Bottineau, Drake-Anamoose, Harvey-Wells County, St. John, TGU Towner, and Velva at the Rugby Armory.
C-Squad Coach Kim Anderson said of her players, “I think there are a few things they need to clean up with their passing and foot movement, but overall, I think they’ll be ready for Saturday.”
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