Conditioning drills and practice sessions are now behind them – and now comes the real test for the Brusly volleyball team.
A tall order awaits the Lady Panthers when they begin practice Wednesday for the 2014 season as the team heads into the season after winning the district championship last season.
Head coach Karen Wooley, who begins her 18th season at BHS, hopes the extra work pays off once again for the Lady Panthers.
BHS kept the wheels turning during the summer break in a league the Lady Panthers hosted with Woodlawn High School.
The Lady Panthers took third in the summer league, finishing behind Woodlawn and St. John.
Some players were out for the summer, which led Wooley to try other players in positions.
She gave the setter spot to incoming senior Johneé LeBlanc, a District 4-3A MVP and first-team All-Metro honoree.
LeBlanc will lead a senior class that will also include Claire Daigle, Vicki Genusa, Kelsey Parker and Abigail Eilier.
The Lady Panthers hope to build on the success from last season.
They will attend summer camps at University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Nicholls State before the start of the season.
The setting aspect will pose the biggest challenge heading into the season because of the team’s use of two setters.
BHS uses a 6-2 format, which puts six hitters and two setters that set in the back court.
“Some teams let their setters go to the front, but we’re not doing that because I have too many big girls,” Wooley said. “I’d rather my two twins (Bria and Brianna Granville) on the back row rather than my little setter, Vicki, who will only set in the back row.”
Vicki Genusa will alternate with LeBlanc as setter.
Wooley said that she also has high expectations for incoming junior Alex Dexter.
The Lady Panthers have scrimmages scheduled against powerhouses University High and Denham Springs before the start of the season.
The season rolls into high gear Tuesday Aug. 26 with the Brusly Jamboree, which will feature more than 20 teams from the Baton Rouge area.