Posted 8/23/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
School has begun throughout North Dakota, and so has practice for the area high school volleyball teams.
New head coach Brittany Harward has set high goals for a Divide County team that has sat out the past two region tournaments.
“We’re shooting to make it to regions, at least,” Harward said. “As long as we continue working, we can do it.”
She said she has been encouraged by how well her players have been working together in practice.
“There’s more cohesion this year,” Harward said. “They haven’t been in a pressure situation yet, though, so we’ll see what happens at the first game, but if we talk like we are in practice, we’ll do well.”
Improvements in all of the fundamentals will help DC be more competitive against the district’s top teams, Harward said.
“We can’t take any team for granted,” she said, “but it’s nice to be an underdog, because some teams might be doing that to us.”
The Maroons visit Watford City on Tuesday next week and Powers Lake on Sept. 1 before its home opener Sept. 6 vs. Trinity Christian.
Harward said she gives Ray the edge in the district once again but expects other teams to give the Jays a run for their money.
“Ray is going to be really good,” she said, “but any team is beatable on any given night.”