HAMMOND — The Brusly Lady Panthers moved into high gear for the 2013 volleyball season with a summer camp session last week at Southeastern Louisiana University.
The camp session brought some encouragement to head coach Karen Wooley, although she said she expected more in some areas.
“The junior varsity looked excellent, and the freshmen reached the finals,” she said. “But I was disappointed in the varsity team, but I’m sure they’ll come around.”
The three groups got a lot of playing time at the weekend camp, which focused on all aspects of the game, Wooley said.
“We have all the necessary skills,” she said. “It’s just a matter of putting them all together.”
Wooley believes the varsity will come around shortly, despite the showing at SLU.
“The girls are all working hard,” she said. “I think it’s a matter of time before things come together for them. I want them to step up their game and see what happens.”
One of the biggest shining spots thus far for the varsity team comes in the return of incoming senior Shelby Willis, who suffered a leg injury that sidelined her for both volleyball and softball last year.
“She’s doing very well and has been extremely focused,” Wooley said. “Physically, she’s not quite there and she’s been very careful with her knees. But she’s been very intense thus far.”
Willis is among the leaders on an experienced team that will include three other seniors — Chloe Richard, Keeley Martin and setter Kylie Tolar.
Brusly finished 25-13 after a loss to E.D. White in the 3A quarterfinals.
The Lady Panthers head to Cajun Country this weekend for a camp at UL-Lafayette.