Source: Valley Roadrunner

Lady Jags looking for consistency after Escondido volleyball scrimmage

by Dan Kidder

September 03, 2013

Preseason scrimmages exist, in large part, to help teams find the answers to the many off-season questions that come up.

The Valley Center varsity girls volleyball team took part in the annual scrimmage held at Escondido High School on Thursday, and after a disappointing overall result, the Lady Jaguars are still working on the answer to the question of consistency.

“We’ve got to up our level of play,” new head coach Bill Dunckel said after the scrimmage. “We’d look good for a couple of plays, then we’d fall apart. We have to put together all of the parts of our game — defense, offense, setting, serving, all of it. We can’t miss one link. If we look good in two but we drop off one, we’re not going to have the kind of success that we want.”

The team played a single game against four different schools—San Pasqual, Orange Glen, Ramona and Escondido — and though no official score was kept, the Lady Jaguars unofficially beat only Orange Glen.

But each contest included stretches of the Lady Jags putting together all the necessary parts of a successful volleyball team. In particular, Coach Dunckel says that the team will rely on returning players Jen Casillas, Savanna Reilly, Susie Henderson, Jasmine Contreras and Annika Odeen to provide leadership for the newcomers joining the team this season.

“This team will work hard,” Coach Dunckel says. “We may start slow, but we’re going to finish strong.”