Lady Panthers Head Volleyball Coach Veronica Valdez will be starting her first year with the Van Alstyne High School Volleyball program in August. Valdez coached two groups through the basic fundamentals of the game as camp players apply the concepts on the court from July 24 through 27.

The camp served as an opportunity for many volleyball players grades four through nine to work with the new head coach of the Van Alstyne High School varsity volleyball team and improve their skills. The incoming ninth grade players can also learn what to expect while earning a spot on the team before the new season starts in August.

“The more time you spend on your craft, the more reward you’ll see in performance,” Valdez said. “These girls have worked really hard under some great leadership over the last few years.”

Following the volleyball camp, Valdez and the Lady Panthers Volleyball team will begin two-a-day practices.

“Right now we have about 30 coming to start 2-a-day practices,” Valdez said.

Despite the lower number of new members on the team, the Lady Panthers will have a solid advantage in the upcoming season with five returning starters.

“The freshman class is going to be rather small this year,” Valdez said, “but there is some really good potential there.” As the head coach’s first season with the Lady Panthers begins Valdez is looking forward to competition with Van Alstyne High School Volleyball program area rivals.

“I’d like to take at least one match from Commerce and Farmersville to give ourselves an advantage in playoff placement,” Valdez said.

The coaching staff also looks forward to players looking to earn their way onto the team and into a postseason,

“We all need to buy in to our goals and mission this year to accomplish something great,” Valdez said. “In the last few years, Van Alstyne has had to solidify a playoff spot late in the season.”

The Lady Panthers look forward to taking on some tough area rivals, keeping the competition in mind from the start of the season.