Lady Elks return with fresh attitude
The start of each season brings something new.
Burleson volleyball coach D’Anna Newton experienced a first Monday morning when her players asked if they could begin their mile-run test 30 minutes early.
That had never happened before and Newton didn’t think it was because the Lady Elks were excited to get their first practice started.
“I think they were ready to get the run over with more than that they wanted to run,” Newton said.
After posting a 4-10 record in District 8-5A play in 2015, the Lady Elks are looking to turn things around and get back to the playoffs this time in District 9-5A.
“They want to improve each year and be a contender for a playoff spot and that’s their real goal,” Newton said. “What happened last year is driving them.”
Seven players from last years varsity return this season including five seniors. Newton said the seven are a good group that has experience which should pay off. She added that the five seniors, led by three-year player Meredith Augsburger “know what is expected of them.”
During the summer, the squad went through intense strength and conditioning work which Newton said should pay off for them as the season goes along.
“I think our strength and conditioning program is going to be a game changer in all our sports this year,” Newton said. “It kept them in shape and they were really ready to go when we got her Monday morning.”
Burleson scrimmages Friday at Weatherford and at home Saturday morning. The Lady Elks open regular season play Tuesday at home against traditional season-opening foe Stephenville. Burleson begin play Aug. 12 at the Bev Ball Classic in Abilene.
The Lady Elks open district play Sept. 9 at home against Crowley.