By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
A lot of learning is taking place at Del City volleyball practices.
New coach Aspen Healy is focusing on fundamentals and building teamwork as the Eagles prepare for the fall season. That approach has been well received by the team.
“I can tell the girls are excited which makes me excited,” Healy said. “When there’s a new coach sometimes there can be some hesitation. But the girls have been all in. They’re receptive and wanting to learn. It’s been awesome.”
Healy was an assistant on the Del City volleyball team last year. She was elevated to the head coaching spot this year.
Senior Gayla Cobb said it took a little bit to adapt to Healy’s style but says the change has been unifying for the team.
“We’re all adjusting to the new coaching and bonding together,” Cobb said.
The Eagles will be led by a strong senior core. Cobb, Summer Pogue, Nevaeh Ramsey, Nathella Williamson and Olivia Sparks are all returning varsity players. Several are two-sport athletes
Healy says she wants to see the girls compete together as a team night in and night out.
“Competitive volleyball can be really fun when everyone comes together as a team,” Healy said.
Pogue says she’s seeing that change so far in the early season practices.
“I think we’re communicating more and we’re more friendly to one another,” she said.
Healy also wants to see the team have a double-digit win season. Del City won just two games last year, including a victory over rival Midwest City.
“I’m excited to play Midwest City again this year,” Healy said. “That was a big upset last year when we beat them. I assume they’ll really want to beat us this year.”
The Eagles open the regular season Aug. 10 at Piedmont.