It has been a busy first week of the 2020-2021 season and the Duncan Lady Demons volleyball team took home the first Xpress Wellness Team of Week this school year after completing their pre-season schedule.
This past Monday evening, the team took part in their last scrimmage of the season as they took to the road to play Eisenhower’s Lady Eagles at Lawton in a game that saw no fans in the gym because of COVID-19 regulations.
Lady Demons volleyball head coach Amanda Lard said she was proud of the way her team looked in the most recent scrimmage and is ready for the opener Thursday, Aug. 13 at home.
“I think we looked more comfortable out there being it was the second scrimmage and we looked a little more confident,” Lard said. “We were able to accomplish more things then we did the first scrimmage and we tried some new different people in places for both varsity and JV. Overall, I was pretty pleased and I saw mistakes that we need to correct obviously and we worked on those in practice yesterday. The environment — it was different and it was very quiet. You can hear yourself think and your girls can hear you talk which is good because I’m not a loud talker anyways. That was good and it was different but it was not a bad different, it was just a new different.”
Duncan’s volleyball team will have a busy first weekend of the 2020 season as they open up against El Reno at home and then travel to El Reno for a tournament this Saturday.
With the OSSAA’s official ruling on continuing fall sports happening on Wednesday, Lard said she is ready for a unique season and knows it will be a different one for sure.
“Every opportunity we have to step out on the court will be a blessing this year. We don’t know how long we have and we don’t know if it is one match or seven or the whole season,” Lard said. “We are not going to take any thing for granted and I think that is the attitude that we are coming into everything with.”
While the Lady Demons volleyball team didn’t miss a game as the fall season happened last year, Lard said the girls who missed spring sports are anxious and ready to play.
“I think that everybody is ready for tomorrow and I think everybody has been for the past five months — this is what they wanted,” Lard said. “You see it with the college football players coming out to say, ‘We want to play, we want to play.’ I think that is just everyone’s attitude right now. We want some sense of routine and normalcy and we want to get back to doing the things we love to do. To say they are excited, it is an understatement, because we have been waiting five months to do stuff like this.”
Duncan will face El Reno Thursday, Aug. 13 with the ninth grade starting at 4 p.m. at Duncan High School followed by the JV game and then the varsity.