With several players new to the varsity level this year, Hays High volleyball coach Christin Nunnery is seeing signs of improvement, but the Indians are still looking to find their stride.
Hays High went 1-2 in Thursday's home quadrangular, falling to Salina South (25-23, 15-25, 23-25) and Abilene (20-25, 19-25) before beating Norton (25-20, 25-18) to finish the day. The Indians moved to 11-7 on the season.
"We definitely are getting improvement from the seniors that didn't have varsity experience (heading into the season), and we also are still heavily relying on the two or three that have been at the varsity level for a couple years," Nunnery said. "It's good to see that they're making strides and progress to get caught up with the other girls. I feel like we're starting to recognize a lot of things that we hadn't before, so we just really need to turn it up."
Nunnery said the Indians have pinpointed areas of weaknesses, but still struggled in those areas during Thursday's matches.
"We've seen that we've struggled quite a bit with blocking and just kind of being slow in the back row," Nunnery said. "We worked on that a lot this week, but we still saw it a lot. It was frustrating, but they were also recognizing when they were not pushing over the net or if they were still moving when they were swinging. So the fact that they're actually recognizing it makes me feel like we're somewhat making progress."
Tasiah Nunnery led the Indians with 21 kills and 26 assists on the day while Sierra Bryant added 16 kills. Kaitlyn Suppes had nine assists in the Norton match while Brooklyn Schaffer had seven digs in that match.
"Sierra Bryant did really good," Christin Nunnery said. "Her block was a lot better and she was putting the ball down. I feel like Kyah Summers came in and set well, and Tasiah and Aleyia (Ruder) were swinging well at the net as well."
The Indians will play in the Great Bend Invitational on Saturday, host another quadrangular at Hays High on Monday and play a triangular at Larned on Thursday.
"We're going to play 11 (matches) in five days," coach Nunnery said. "We're getting ready to punch a lot in these next couple days. It's just about how we regroup, how we battle. We're really struggling with finishing a game. We can get up to like 24 points and then sit at 24 for three or four points and not finish, so that's another thing we're really trying to push through and figure out and mentally get tough to finish."