WHS volleyball

Staff photo by Joshua Reese

Experienced Lady Tigers volleyball players have learned to play with first-time varsity players during the 2020 season.

With a late start to the volleyball season, the Wharton Lady Tigers (2-2) have just finished their third full week of court play.

They haven’t had the same amount of time on the court as other schools in the area, but the Lady Tigers are starting to come together as a team.

“We’re still a little bit behind,” Lady Tigers coach Erica Garza said. “But we looked really good Tuesday night.”

The Tuesday night Garza alluded to was last week on Sept. 1. Wharton picked up its fourth game of the year with a quick three-set win over the Van Vleck Lady Leopards.

“We had really good passes, a lot of good assists and we had a lot of good kills,” Garza said. “We ran a lot of good offense and we chased down a lot of balls we don’t normally get.”

Along with better offense, the communication on the court between the players improved.

“We were talking more,” senior Asijah Hammons said. “We were more in sync.”

The win marked improvements they’ve made since the beginning of August but they’ve still got room to grow.

“We can still do better, senior Courtney Coleman said. “But we’re getting there.”

Wharton this year is counting on new players to varsity including two sophomores in Macayla Jackson and Diamond Sedillo. Court time together has been abbreviated, but the new varsity players are mixing in.

Despite losing talent to graduation, they feel like parts of the team have gotten better.

“We’ve got a better back row (this season),” senior Marah Hoskins said. “And our passes have gotten better.”

With wins over Class 3A schools Van Vleck and Tidehaven, on their upcoming schedule they’ll play some bigger schools in Smithville and Rosenberg Terry, which gives them a chance to see how far the Lady Tigers have come and how much more they’ve got to go before the start of district.

Wharton opens district on Sept. 22 with its home opener against Bellville, which is one of the top teams in the state.

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