The Dumas Demonettes took on the Hereford Whitefaces for an intense volleyball game on Tuesday, September 3 at 7pm, at Dumas High School. The Demonettes fought hard, but fell short to the Whitefaces in 4 sets.
Brittani James is the head volleyball coach for her second year now. Jadan Price and Francine Hernandez are both seniors. Jadan has been on varsity for her third year this season, and Francine has been on varsity for her second year this season.
“We have a tough preseason this year and we have to take it one day at a time to strive to do things a little better than we did the day before so that we can peak at the right time, which will be district and playoffs,” James said.
The volleyball team will have their first district game on Saturday, September 28 against Perryton!
“I am very confident about my team this year,” Price said.
The Demonette’s were district champs, bi-district champs, and area champs last year. They fell short to Canyon while fighting in the regional quarter-final matchup.
“There is no reason we don’t make it as far or even further than previous years. If we just relax, play how we know to play, and go all out, we should have no problem,” Hernandez said.
Many of the goals are based off and similar to other sports. Always give your all, play your role, and have fun.
“Even though we lost a lot of seniors last year, I think we all know how to play with each other and are constantly picking each other up. Everyone plays a huge role on the team!” Hernandez said.
Every year the competition gets harder, but there is a saying “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
“At our Dallas tournaments we were a little shaky, yet we did good things despite being outmatched in most of our games those weekends. Every practice and every game only helps us grow. We have so much talent and potential on this team, we just have to put all the pieces together.” Hernandez said.
The Demonettes are determined to have a good season, no matter the challenges and obstacles thrown their way.
“I am always confident with my teams. I know we will give it all we’ve got and always out work other teams,” James said.
All of the seniors have gone out of their way to improve the team by going to strength and conditioning in the summer, as well as open gyms and volunteering to help out our community.
“Strength and conditioning was a huge factor for us in the offseason, as well as working a lot on agility to improve our over play offensively and defensively.” James said.
Competition for them this year will be similar to last year’s and they have it all in their hands if they give it all they’ve got.
“We have improved since last year by learning how important it is to believe and support one another. Our toughest competition this year will be Pampa. I believe we will make it as far as we did last year,” Price said.
“Being able to look up into the stands and see your family/the student section all chanting, cheering, dressed up, or even holding posters/fat heads makes me us feel so supported and loved!” Hernandez said. “The support from the community plays an important role in the girl’s success.”
Volleyball is expected to have an amazing season, everyone’s support will be very helpful.