Four years ago, the Yukon High School volleyball team was just happy to be stepping on the court to compete in matches, but four years after the launch of the program, the expectations have been raised.
The Millerettes opened the 2016 volleyball season on Friday in the Norman Tournament at Norman High School. The event is a two-day tournament with all of the matches being played at NHS and the conclusion coming today.
The first home match of the 2016 regular season will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Yukon High School Gymnasium against Putnam City North.
Yukon returns five players from last year’s varsity team and will have six seniors on the roster this fall.
YHS volleyball coach Rachel Allred said she has liked what she has seen out of her team so far this preseason.
“Practice is going great,” Allred said. “We have started on a faster pace this year than usual. I think this being the fourth-year of the program, we are starting to have more girls doing more in the summer like playing on club teams and traveling. It has helped us be farther along as a high school team than we have been in the past at this point.”
The Millerettes have been practicing as a team throughout the summer months and took a team trip to Arkansas to participate in Arkansas Tech’s team camp. The camp started on July 19 and finished on July 20.
Allred said she was proud of the way her team competed.
“We went up against some of the top-level competition in Arkansas and we performed well,” Allred said. “It was good for us to see some different competition than what we see all the time here in Oklahoma. We went up against some good teams with some really talented players.”
Allred said the excitement around the program is higher than ever.
“You can definitely feel the energy,” Allred said. “We have played very well in our scrimmages this preseason and everyone is really excited to get the season underway.”