By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (July 29, 2017) — Experience is a fickle beast in high school athletics. If you have it one season, odds are the next season you will not.
But the opposite is also true, and an inexperienced Dublin team that has reached the playoffs all five seasons under head coach and Dublin alumna Ryan Lewis.
“The most exciting thing this year is having 10 returners instead of 10 who graduated,” said Lewis. “We actually have one injured so we have nine to begin the season, but they have at least a year of varsity experience and they played together in spring league and in sumer tournaments.”
Lewis, of course, can not coach those offseason teams, but she certainly kept a close eye on matters.
“I’m just excited to get to coach them again and fix some things that I saw, and also build on a lot of things we’re doing well,” said Lewis. “Anytime you have the experience we have, it comes with confidence but also with expectations. This team expects to win gold balls in the playoffs, and I believe this team is willing to do whatever we have to in order to reach that goal.”
Lewis wouldn’t single out any player, which she shared reasoning for.
“Everyone has a role and they all focus on full filing that role. It’s a complete team effort, she said. “I don’t want to single anyone out before the season because not any one of them could play to their full capability without everyone one of them.”
The UIL allows volleyball practices to begin Tuesday, and the regular season starts the following Tuesday, August 8. Preseason camp usually begins on the track at Memorial Stadium, but due to construction, the Lady Lions will meet at the high school.
Dublin participates in multi-team scrimmages at Glen Rose Friday and Saturday before opening its season against longtime rival Hico at Dublin’s Neff Gymnasium on Tuesday, August 8.