NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - First year head coach Clancy Hammond has been preaching togetherness for this year's Bulldog volleyball team.
The Bulldogs went 16-22 last season, but will hope to have more success under first year head coach Clancy Hammond (Credit: Patrick Johnstone/KNOP-TV)
"I want them to look at each other, and no matter what role they play on the team, understand that each role has an extreme value to us. so that they all look at one another and say it doesn't matter what I'm doing on the court, I need that person to make me successful as well," Hammond said.
Last year, the Bulldogs went 16-22, and won their sub-district, before falling to Elkhorn South in three sets at districts.
However, the team only lost two players to graduation, and Hammond is confident in the team's ability to fill those spots.
"We actually have really solid depth this year. We have quite a few players that are going to be able to step in and fill that role. We're going to work on getting a lot more experience for some of our younger players, so I feel like we're going to be solid filling those two spots," Hammond said.
Hammond has instituted the mantra 'tough together' for this season, and the players have bought in.
"Our main thing is tough together, and that's just to work together as a team, and just stay strong together and do everything together, and not play as individuals. But, play together as a team, and that's just been our biggest thing focus on," said senior outside hitter Chakera Hough.
"She always tells us to work hard as a team together, practice really hard together work hard together. So far I think we're doing really well. I think we're going to do really good together, we're working well as a team," said senior middle hitter Kelsey Salazar Allen.
The team also put in work in the off-season that they hopes will help them when play starts up.
"We're looking really strong, we worked a lot over the summer on working together as a team, instinct, tough together, and we've made a lot of progress since the beginning of the summer," Hough said.
Hammond also thinks the team will be successful this season. "I'm really excited for them. I think we have a lot of talent that we're going to see on the court, and they really work well together. So, I think we can be pretty successful this year," she said.
The team will play a mix of Class A and B schools this year.