KINGMAN - When the school year ended in May, Kingman High volleyball assistant coach Salina Fogg had the opportunity to pursue other avenues outside of Kingman.
But when the call came to take over as head volleyball coach at KHS after Traci Rosenbach stepped down to spend more time with her family, it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.
"I believe in these girls," Fogg said. "They were worried. I think they felt abandoned because everyone was leaving. Everyone had a different pull for something new professionally and personally. They're kids. They may not understand when you become a professional that takes over too. I'm excited."
Fogg has reasons to be excited, as the Lady Bulldogs return a core group of players - including six seniors - on a team that barely missed the playoffs in the last two years.
"I knew coming in I had some really talented athletes and that was a huge attraction of taking this job," Fogg said "I'm excited. I was excited the day I left my first open gym."
Fogg has had six open gyms this month and the turnout has been great, according to her. KHS will also hold a camp July 29-Aug. 1 for grades 5-12 before having open tryouts for the squad Aug. 8.
"It's going to be a senior-laden team and I'm happy that they are stepping up. They are ready to go."
So is Fogg, who has lost sleep at night thinking of all the different things she would like to do both on and off the court.
"This is the 20th year of this school being open. I feel like this is a huge important piece," Fogg said. "I want them to have some ownership in it. We want to start some new traditions and I feel like 20 years have gone by and not a lot has been established. We don't have a sixth man in the crowd. Those are the things that I want to refocus on. We used to do a lot of crowd involvement type of things years ago.
"That's something I week in Blythe but was moved to Yuma on Saturday. Kingman fell 7-6 to force the decisive game on Monday.
Despite the travel and quick turnaround, Ogborn didn't feel they were factors. It was just a case of the other team being better.
"They were really good. I wouldn't be surprised if they are in the championship of the tournament. They are going to be one of the tournament champions," Ogborn said.
Regardless of the outcome of Thursday's game, Ogborn said he was pleased with the team and the successes they've enjoyed.
"I don't know if any of theses kids have gone to a state tournament," Ogborn said. "It was definitely an experience. It was really cool to play at the state level."