KINGMAN - At the beginning of the second week of practice for the Kingman High volleyball team, coach Kasie Juelfs' biggest concern was the Bulldogs' ability to block the ball. It was an entirely different story when the week ended on Friday.
The Bulldogs had a phenomenal practice on Thursday, according to Juelfs, and she was ready for her team to compete.
"Blocking was a surprise," Juelfs said. "Sara Reed was on every ball, and Dominique Hale was on top of the net. I was pretty excited."
If Thursday's practice in any indication, Juelfs thinks the Bulldogs could be in store for a great season. "They're starting to believe in themselves," she said. Despite Thursday's impressive practice, Juelfs said there are times when her squad gets loose and starts to become erratic. "When they settle down, they're fine," Juelfs said.
Passing is going to be a highly valued asset for the Bulldogs, and the squad continued to improve its movement of the ball, Juelfs said.
At the beginning of the week, the team started a drill with 35 perfect passes in five minutes. By week's end, the Bulldogs were up to 55 in five minutes.
"They were pretty pleased with themselves," Juelfs said.
Lindsey Reed, a junior outside hitter, seems filled with confidence about the upcoming season and the direction the team is heading in regards to becoming a cohesive unit.
"It's going to be a good year," Reed said.
"We've become great friends, we get along and we have a great coach."
The Bulldogs will get their first look at competition at 6 p.m. Thursday at KHS.
The Flagstaff Coconino Panthers come to Kingman for a preseason scrimmage. KHS opens the regular season on Sept. 2.