BANGS — The Bangs Lady Dragons volleyball program is under new management as the Barbara Burnett head coaching era officially began with Tuesday’s first practice of the 2017 campaign.
“I’m excited,” said Burnett, who is taking the reins of the program from Lori Eason. “It was non-stop, fast-paced and you could see the improvement they’ve made from working out in the summer and playing in summer league. That’s really paid off, and today’s first day was right where we wanted to be.”
Bangs will be looking begin another run of postseason appearances after missing out in 2016, posting a 7-20 overall record with a 2-8 mark against District 6-3A competition.
Burnett reported 28 to 30 players at the initial workouts, as the Lady Dragons will field three teams — freshman, junior varsity and varsity. As for the varsity, seven members return from last season’s squad.
The Lady Dragons have scrimmages lined up Friday and Saturday and will open their season Aug. 10 at the Albany tournament.
“Obviously everyone wants to win more ball games, but my expectations are to keep getting better every day, that’s what our goal is,” Burnett said. “We’re learning a new system, changing things around and the buy-in process is going to be big for us in terms of how successful we are.”
Having the spring semester and summer league competition to gel as a team could put the Lady Dragons ahead of the curve as they enter the regular season.
“Fortunately we had a lot of the older girls playing summer league and playing in lots of tournaments and they’ve been able to help some of the younger girls through the stuff we like to do and the things we worked on in the spring,” Burnett said. “I want us to be able to know our positions, know our roles and to be able to execute in the scrimmages Friday and Saturday. Win or lose, it’s about knowing where we’re going and doing the right things so that we can progress through next week and be ready for our first game.”