McCracken County volleyball coach Tim Whitis has long held that the Crossroads Classic tournament in Effingham, Ill. is the halfway point of the season for the Lady Mustangs.
So, after Thursday’s three-set win over Marshall County – wrapping up the week immediately following Crossroads – he said, while he’s happy with where the team is, it could still be doing better in some aspects of play.
The most important of those are limiting errors on serves.
“We still have a little too many,” Whitis said. “We’re going to have to work on that for sure. I thought the kids moved a lot better tonight. I was really pleased with the way they played tonight.”
So, how does one address removing service errors?
With repetitions in practice.
Many, many repetitions.
“For us, we serve in a chair,” Whitis said. “Aim small, miss small. That’s always been my philosophy. We’ll have chairs out all over the gym and we’ll be (saying), ‘You’ve got to serve and you’ve got to hit that chair.’
“We do that a lot.”
For seniors Aubrey Thomas and Megan Hasty, whose serves are critical for the Lady Mustangs, the work comes at an important time, with a month remaining in the regular season.
“I think we just need to focus on always serving aggressively,” Thomas said. “I think this past weekend at Effingham really opened our eyes that we can compete with these bigger teams.”
Marshall County coach Laura Kinder said she’s been happy with the way the Lady Marshals (7-7) have come along in the first eight weeks of the season.
“As a whole, they’ve come a long way,” Kinder said. “They’re playing a lot more together. They’re showing some more fight in them. I’m really pleased with where we’re at in the season. There’s obviously a lot to work on, but I like the way we’re progressing.”