Helping the girls perfect the rotation was new head volleyball coach Brittainie Zinsmeyer.
Zinsmeyer took the position as varsity volleyball coach in June and has held two camps since then and kicked off the two-a-days practice sessions Monday.
Since she is new to students and the students are new to her, she wants to start at the beginning.
“All my kids are starting at base zero. I want them to learn fundamentals,” she said. “I want my girls to really appreciate the sport.”
Along the way, she also hopes in instill some discipline in them – not just for the sake of the game but also for the sake of lives.
Volleyball can teach life skills; discipline being one of them and communication being another, she said.
Volleyball is not an individual sport but, rather, a team sport.
“Communicating will make them come together as one unit,” Zinsmeyer said.
She has other goals for the girls too.
“As a freshman, I want to try and specialize you in a position,” she said.
Establishing the girl’s strengths in a certain position as a freshman makes for a more successful volleyball player.
By holding the camps and now two-a-days, Zinsmeyer is able to evaluate her players to see at what position they would fit best.
She said that, while she will train them for a position they are good at playing, she is not opposed to showing them how to play other positions.
For seniors, she hopes to be able to teach them to be great leaders.
“I always put the team first,” she said. “I want to teach them to refine their volleyball skills.”
When asked about the outlook for the season, she said, “These kids have a lot of potential.”
“With some hard work and dedication, we can have a winning season.”
She is prepared that a winning season might not include a trip to the playoffs though.
“Realistically, the program can’t be made overnight,” Zinsmeyer said.
This will be Zinsmeyer’s third year coaching volleyball; previously, she coached in San Diego, Texas.
She also played volleyball in high school but in college chose to focus on academics. She graduated with a double major in philosophy and sociology in three and a half years from the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to coaching the varsity volleyball team, she will be teaching Special Ed Inclusion at Jones High.
Zinsmeyer is originally from Mathis, and said she is happy about being living close to family again.