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8/31/2013 11:24:00 AM
Improved play, leadership on court shown in Marauders volleyball scrimmage with Bradshaw Mountain

Travis Guy
Sports Reporter

With season right around the corner, the Mingus Union volleyball team traveled to Bradshaw Mountain for a preseason scrimmage.

"It was really nice to finally have another team to play against, instead of having to play against each other," said head coach Amanda Puckett.

Coming into her first season, Puckett was tasked with training a new setter in senior Aubrea Tuell. Tuell showed her new coach how she has progressed in the position, surprising Puckett.

"I thought that our setting, being slightly new, our setting was actually pretty good, compared to what I was expecting it to be," Puckett said.

Senior libero Laura Wylie showed that she can be a leader on the court by supporting her teammates, keeping the girls playing as a team and not letting her teammates get down on themselves.

"I think that we had good leadership by Laura, our libero," Puckett said. "I think that she did a good job of keeping the team together, if someone would get down, they all brought them back up, and I thought they communicated well and the chemistry was really well."

Overall, Puckett was happy with what she saw from her new team. The Marauders "executed well, and we meshed well, as a team," Puckett said. Despite how the team has come along, there are still some things the girls need to work on, Puckett said, but those are mostly growing pains.

"There's definitely still things, for sure, to work on, but that comes with everything at the beginning of the season," Puckett said.

The Marauders will have one more practice before their season kicks off against the Prescott High School Badgers at 6 p.m. at home.

"I think there's enough time for us to get our little kinks out before Tuesday," Puckett said.

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