• New Centennial volleyball coach Jessica Ransom talks with her players during practice Tuesday morning. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Lady Spartans get to know new coach

A year ago, Centennial’s volleyball players came in for the first day of practice ready to go.

The Lady Spartans were coming off their playoff win in program history and were motivated to do more in 2015.

New coach Jessica Ransom saw that same fire Monday morning when her squad reported for practice. The Lady Spartans, led by a group of eight returning seniors, were focus after working hard during the summer and playing plenty of volleyball.

“They were ready to hit the ground running,” Ransom said. “They came back in shape and had played a lot of volleyball over the summer.”

To go along with returning players, Ransom said she has some young players that are ready to step into some key roles. Ransom and her staff need another outside hitter and a setter. Those are the major holes left from graduation.

The strength for the Lady Spartans is at the net with senior middle blockers Laken Cash and Marissa Thompson back. There could be a newcomer at middle that might make an impact but the varsity roster won’t be announced until Monday.

The dearth setters will allow Centennial to employ a 5-1 or 6-2 offense depending on the opponent and the players they have available.

“It’s great that we have enough leeway to make some adjustments,” Ransom said.

The Lady Spartans are in the same boat as every other team in Texas with just four days of practice until participating in their first scrimmage. Centennial scrimmages Friday at Mansfield Legacy and Saturday at Euless Trinity.

“Scrimmages are good evaluation took to see where we are starting and how much room to grow,” Ransom said.

Centennial opens it season Tuesday at Saginaw Chisolm Trail. The Lady Spartans first tournament is the ASC Nike Classic Varsity Tournament Aug. 12-13 at the Advantage Court Center in Carrollton. Centennial opens District 9-5A play Sept. 9 at Everman.

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New Centennial volleyball coach Jessica Ransom talks with her players during practice Tuesday morning. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE