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Comets coach impressed with volleyball turnout

Comets’ head varsity volleyball coach Steve Mattox said he’s been impressed both with the quantity and the quality of the approximately 30 athletes trying out for the varsity and jayvee squads. “For tryouts, the first couple of days you want to test the mechanics of the student-athletes, to see if they know how to pass and how to play the game,” said Mattox.

“Then, we’re getting competitive and going a little harder, so conditioning is always important, and we had a real good turnout.

“Most everyone who played the last couple of years returned, and we’re still doing tryouts now because a number of them were playing softball.

“We had a total of 30 come out for jayvee and varsity, and we actually had some eighth-graders come out for the jayvee team, with one making the squad.

“We had a boatload of freshmen show up, and I’m looking for that to continue this week.”

Tryouts at the more compact Mary Bethune Gym have brought a different dynamic to Mattox’s observations.

“The girls worked have worked hard, and they’re a little out of their element because we’re at Bethune, but I think with having the lower ceiling and the smaller gym here, the girls have to have more control on their passes and their balance.”

Mattox added the majority of athletes trying out for volleyball have arrived in good shape, the result of many of them having attended camps or having played another sport during the summer.

“They’re definitely in shape, because they’ve been playing ball all summer,” said Mattox.

“You can get into a lot of the mechanics, game planning and other things a little earlier than normal.

“I’m pretty sure on varsity I’ll carry no more than 12, the reason being I have enough juniors this year who have played travel ball and can play all the way around consistently, so you don’t have to do as much substituting for a specialty such as front row or back row.

“Now, they can play all around, and that’s a plus.”

Mattox said he would know by Monday how many and which prospects he’d keep on his final roster.