Alex Bybee was hired to be the head coach of the Sedona Red Rock High School volleyball team in the spring. For the first time since taking the job, Bybee got a glimpse of what some of her new players can do on the volleyball court, albeit in a slightly limited fashion.
Summer training began on Tuesday June 9 at SRRHS ‘Doc Adams Gym. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always limit the number of people who can be in one location at a time and the exercises that can be performed. In addition, even in normal times, summer practices often do not have 100% participation.
Still, a total of seven girls who will speak for the Scorpions next school year were in opening practice. And while the practice was fairly light, Bybee liked what she saw from her new team.
“It was really basic,” said the coach. “We went through the dynamics and had a really shortened warm-up. I watched them serve. Then we did a lot of conditioning and I played them for the last 10 minutes.
“It was good,” she added. “I think we’re going to have a very good season. We certainly have work to do, especially since they have been on leave since March. They’re sort of getting back to it. I refocus them and really focus on their success. But he was good. They had fun. I think they were really happy to be here.
The Scorpions are looking to build on what has been a successful volleyball season in 2019. They won Central Region 2A last season with an 11-1 record, went 16-1 overall and won the seeded No.4 in the 2A State playoffs, where they reached the quarterfinals. A total of six players from this team, including three starters, graduated. With that, Scorpios will have a number of new faces, or at least familiar faces in expanded roles.
Sedona will also have a lot of field experience early in the season. Aside from the six seniors, last year’s college roster was made up entirely of underclass students. Four of those subclasses were rookies for the Scorpions in 2019 and are set to return to the squad this year.
“I think it’s a good bunch of kids – it’s great to see them again,” Bybee said. “It’s good to be back and to start something, to make them work. It was a good first practice and a first day back to work.
The SRRHS team will continue to train Tuesdays and Thursdays for two hours each day until the end of June. Assuming some of the social distancing restrictions continue to be lifted, the practices will become more common as the summer progresses.