JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Coach Casey Schubert isn’t the only new aspect of the Marble Falls High School volleyball program.
The first-year Lady Mustangs coach is introducing players to a new way of doing things when it comes to practices and drills. And her players are responding.
“They’re hard working,” she said. “We’re trying to do some things they hadn’t done in the past. We want to challenge them physically and mentally.”
Coaches are putting more emphasis on running to get the Lady Mustangs in better shape.
“We will not be a team that loses because we’re tired,” she said. “Their athletic ability and attitude right now has impressed me.”
She asked cross-country and girls track-and-field coach Anthony Torns to lead the conditioning portion of practices. Torns helped the Lady Mustangs win the 2014 and 2015 District 25-5A track-and-field championships.
Schubert said she wants her players to be in track shape.
“We’re working side by side,” she said. “We’re going to push you as hard as we can, so when we take an opponent to five games, we can beat it out of them.”
The coach said she sees plenty of intangibles with which she can work, noting she guided a team to the playoffs with a 5-foot-5-inch middle blocker. To her, the key to winning is playing solid defense and being fierce.
“I think we can make up for what you don’t have size,” she said. “Our goal is to be scrappy on defense and make hitters frustrated.”
Forty-one players in grades 9-12 are playing volleyball, which means competition for spots. Schubert noted several freshmen played club volleyball, so she can see their skill level is better than some of their teammates.
The program also has eight seniors, who have been contributing leadership.
“Even if they didn’t play last year, they’re being good vocal leaders or by their actions,” Schubert said.
She has told her players she wants the team’s fans to take notice.
“I want to make Lady Mustang volleyball exciting,” she said. “I want people to talk about us across town.”
The Lady Mustangs will host a scrimmage at 1 p.m. Aug. 7 at Marble Falls High School, 2101 Mustang Drive. Other teams playing include Llano, Lampasas and Austin Hyde Park.