Herlong's Lady Vikings volleyball teams are ready to strike
The Herlong Lady Vikings volleyball team works on serving during practice Tuesday, Aug. 27. Head coach Penny Thiels is looking forward to the season and is confident the Lady Vikings will play competitively.
Photo by Maddie Musante
Sept. 3 — The Herlong High School Lady Vikings volleyball team has been practicing hard to get ready for the upcoming season and head coach Penny Thiels believes it’s going to be a great one.
“They should do really well,” Thiels said during volleyball practice Tuesday, Aug. 27.
This year, there are more than 20 girls playing volleyball for the Herlong JV and varsity squads. Thiels says there are a lot of players who are new to the game, but also several whom she has coached throughout middle school.
“I’m so excited because I’ve got my eighth grade Play Day winners as freshman … so my JV team, we basically play everybody that we’ve already played as eighth graders, so I’m hoping that we should do pretty well,” she said.
The team’s first matches of the season will be at the Lassen High School Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8. After that, the Lady Vikings will travel to Downieville for a tournament and play several non-league games before facing Loyalton High School in a league game on Oct. 10.
Thiels is confident in the team's ability to compete in league matches and said, “I feel pretty good about it. I think league-wise, we’re going to do very well … I’m excited.”
Her only concern is facing teams who have new players or players her girls haven’t seen before.
“Greenville would probably be my only league game that I’m worried about,” she said.
However, by the time the team’s match against Greenville rolls around in mid-October, Thiels and the Lady Vikings will have had a lot of time to practice and hone their skills, something they have been doing every day after school.
Theils is thrilled with her players' dedication and competitive nature and has had no problem adjusting her coaching style to her mix of seasoned and novice players.
“They like to win … these girls seldom miss practice,” she said.
For a schedule of Herlong High School volleyball matches, see the Lassen County Times’ sports calendar.