Bulldog tryouts hope to fill holes

KINGMAN - With four days until tryouts begin, Kingman High volleyball coach Traci Rosenbach is getting her first look at the make-up of her team at this week's Bulldog volleyball camp.

"I think we had 38 (Tuesday), so almost 40 girls, which is good because almost all of these girls will be coming next week to tryouts," she said.

Rosenbach will have her hands full at tryouts as she tries to build a team around two returnees, senior Jill Collins and junior Natalie Casson.

"I think I'm going to take a lot of young players," Rosenbach said. "That way I can keep them for the next couple of years and let them build and grow together. But as of right now, they are all on the same playing field. So it's a fight to see who is going to improve the most and who is going to work the hardest."

Last year the Bulldogs ended the year 15-15 and lost eight seniors. This year, KHS will hold tryouts beginning Monday and by the end of the week Rosenbach hopes to have a pretty good idea of how her team is going to look.

"We usually do the whole week," said Rosenbach of the tryouts. "If we have a huge group, then we will make the first cuts Wednesday, then the second by Friday. But by the end of that week, we pretty much know our team."

KHS will open the season at Surprise Valley Vista Aug. 30 before having its home opener against Prescott Aug. 31.