Ozark Junior High volleyball season comes to an end

OJH volleyball took the win against Nixa.

Eighth grader, Allie Wallace, serves a ball over to Branson hoping to gain Ozark a point.

Eighth grader, Allie Wallace, serves a ball over to Branson hoping to gain Ozark a point.

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Eighth grader, Allie Wallace, serves a ball over to Branson hoping to gain Ozark a point.

Eighth grader, Allie Wallace, serves a ball over to Branson hoping to gain Ozark a point.

Coming out with a win, the Ozark Lady Tigers volleyball players won against Branson.

A returning volleyball player, Allie Wallace who plays setter, loves the sport of volleyball because of the friendships that she’s made on the team.

Wallace states that something that the team could improve on is having the same energy and the motivation to win the game the whole time the team is on the court.

“The competition against Branson was not really all that difficult. The game was pretty easy and fun,” says Wallace. She adds, “A highlight for me during the game was that my serving was good and that Lauren’s connections were good, too.”

Wallace thinks that a good team consists of being friends on and off the court. During school day teammates make connections and then get to use that on the court.

Coach Smith, the head coach of the Lady Tigers volleyball team, has been coaching for 18 years. She says she would like for the girls to become a fundamentally sound team and be COC champions.

“I played Junior high volleyball and went on to play at Drury University,” Smith says.

“Normally during practices we start off with dynamic and arm warm-ups and ball control drills,” explained Smith. “Then we work on various areas that need work such as defense blocking attacking serve receive.”

Smith adds,“Nixa has been our toughest competition so far and we just need to have good ball handling and always remember that practice makes permanent.”

Coach Smith expects the girls to come to practice with a positive attitude and the willingness to be coached and to improve. “We have been working hard with ball control and out of system play. I am preparing them to not be nervous, but to be confident and competitive.”