LB - Doctor Drive Now

Home | Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Obituaries | Subscriber Services | Kingman Digital | Contact Us
Kingman Daily Miner | Kingman, Arizona

home : sports : local April 30, 2016

8/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Academy volleyball team has many new faces
Bryant Morrison is in his first year of coaching the Kingman Academy of Learning volleyball team.
Bryant Morrison is in his first year of coaching the Kingman Academy of Learning volleyball team.

Matt Hollinshead
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Bryant Morrison has another lofty challenge in front of him.

Already a familiar face coaching Kingman Academy's boys basketball team, Morrison is entering his first season coaching the KAHS girls volleyball team. He played high school boys volleyball along with a year of club volleyball at Northern Arizona University, and he believes his volleyball background and familiarity with the KAHS student-athletes will help him.

"I still have that connection with the kids. I work well with them," said Morrison, whose 2013 squad will compete in AIA starting this fall. "Our volleyball team this year, we worked all summer four days a week working on lifting, plyometrics and running."

He has additional motives to suggest that Kingman Academy will thrive under his direction.

"My brother, he plays at Grand Canyon University as a volleyball player. He's got tons of experience coaching nationals and all around the U.S.," Morrison said. "He comes up and he helps me. He's kind of like my guidance and shows me different drills, different ways of standing. He sees what's at the college level; he sees what's at the top high schools. If I have a question, I'll call him up. Taking what they have and kind of revamping it, it's kind of a change in everything. From serving to hitting, everything's been kind of swapped."

The transition from CAA to AIA comes after reaching the CAA state championship match the past two seasons under former coach Jason Judd. Morrison now takes the reigns at a time where half of the roster consists of sophomores.

"A lot of the girls I have didn't play much on the varsity team last year," Morrison said. "To go into the AIA, it'll just be getting used to more competitiveness and the girls growing as a team. With the young talent that we do have, and a lot of new players, we're going to have to adapt. I'm not sure how we'll do, but we're definitely going to try our hardest."

Morrison emphasizes fundamentals, from footing to blocking. He's very firm about it. He demands it. At the same time, he makes sure that his players fully process his teachings.

That will soon be tested. Led by players such as junior utility player Kylie Tomlinson, the new era starts with the Mary Jo Goldey Invitational at Lake Havasu High School on Sept. 7 followed by a three-game home stand Sept. 10, 13 and 17.

"The girls I have here are very athletic, and they work very hard," Morrison said. "I have 12 girls consistently, four days a week throughout the summer. By us doing this, year after year after year, we're eventually going to build that foundation. Then we're going to start producing winning teams."

ICT - Arizona Sommers Cooling and Heating

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   20-year sentence possible for murder in Yucca (2227 views)

•   ATV rider the focus of a complicated rescue effort (1987 views)

•   Missing Kingman woman connected to man arrested for identity theft (1931 views)

•   MCSO: Man linked to missing woman is arrested (1603 views)

•   McCain fundraiser arrested following drug raid (1429 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Kingman Chamber News
House Ad- Dining Guide
Auto Racing Upickem
Find more about Weather in Kingman, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Find it Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Real Estate Search | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Find Kingman Jobs | Kingman Chamber | e-News | Contact Us | RSS | Site Map
LB - Doctor Drive Now

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Kingman Daily Miner is the information source for Kingman and surrounding area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Kingman Daily Miner Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to email your questions, comments or suggestions. Kingman Daily Miner Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info, Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved