Ready for volleyball play

Staff photo by Albert Villegas

Members of the Wharton Lady Tigers volleyball team are shown before their season opener on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The Wharton Independent School District has announced guidelines for all volleyball games during the 2020 season.

Masks are required at all times and temperature checks for every person entering the gymnasium will be done, according to Wharton ISD.

The Wharton Lady Tigers’ first game was on Tuesday, Aug. 18 against their neighbors the Boling Lady Bulldogs.

By press time, the junior varsity and varsity games had not been played.

To conform with social distancing, WISD announced that every other row in the gym bleachers would be skipped.

Hand sanitizers will be provided at the front door, and WISD said no outside food or drinks are allowed.

Among some of the other guidelines are the following:

• visiting and home spectators must park in the front parking lot by the WHS tennis courts and enter the gym under the Tiger Gym sign;

• spectator entry into the gym will begin 30 minutes before the first game is played.

• no re-entry will be allowed.

• all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Lady Tigers coach Erica Garza said screenings, with a full questionnaire have been done at the beginning of each week.

Garza, also has checked player temperatures, and will continue to do so as long as the threat of the disease continues.

She said safety is the top priority not only for her Lady Tigers, but the coaching staff, and those who come to watch volleyball games in the WHS gym.

The game against Boling represented the first time that Wharton competed against anyone this year.

Garza said the players are behind, but they will progress once they start to compete.

So far, there are three teams that make up the WHS volleyball program.

Garza once again has of course, her varsity team, junior varsity and freshmen teams.

A day before the first game of the season, the WISD Athletics Department reported that the freshman game had been cancelled because Boling HS did not have one.  All JV and varsity games were moved up as a result.

Entry fee for all Lady Tigers’ volleyball games is $3 for adults and $2 for students.

For updates to this game and most Wharton ISD sporting events, visit the Journal-Spectator website at www.journal-spectator.com and also on Facebook at the following website: www.facebook.com/WhartonCountyNewspapersSports.

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