Volleyball players focus on getting more experience

REED CITY — Skiler Brigham and Alison Schermerhorn are two of the only Reed City volleyball players back from last season’s team.

That’s what makes the summer even more important for the 2014 Coyote volleyball squad.

Both were at a volleyball session on Thursday, which included the varsity players working with those on the middle school level.

“We’re helping them pass and learn technique for serving,” Schermerhorn said. “We’ve had open gyms, scrimmaging working on passing.”

Both girls noted they’ll be only two seniors. Schermerhorn played left the front last year and Brigham was right back. They expect things will change.

Summer “is very critical,” Schermerhorn said.

But that’s what makes having volleyball in the fall so advantageous, they added. The summer program can go right into the fall campaign.

“We have ball control next Monday and Tuesday (of this week) and scrimmage at Cadillac on Friday,” Schermerhorn said, adding that ball control involves passing.

There’s also a hitting camp. Specializing various skills is advantageous, the players said.

“Then you can focus on one thing,” Schermerhorn said. “My strength is probably hitting. I need to get better at passing and blocking.”

“Passing and hitting” is what Brigham wants to work on as she and her teammates get closer to the season,which opens in mid-August with practices, followed by tournament and dual-match action.