As the end of summer draws near and scholastic activities begin to arise, that only means one thing – summertime is over. Well at least according to the school calendar. With that, the school sports season is beginning. Football and cross-country are in full practices, as well as Dumas High School volleyball.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, at DHS, a lunch was served and the volleyball squads were introduced. Head coach Brittani James welcomed everyone and thanked them for their support, as well as allowing the students to participate in the program.

James introduced the coaching staff as Carlyn Tolleson, freshman coach; John Howard, JV coach and Ashlei Swaim, varsity assistant.

There are 34 students that made the teams this year – freshman through varsity.

She introduced the freshman squad and said they were a great group of girls.

"I feel like we're going to have a very strong freshman group," James said. "We have nine girls on the team, and i fell like that's going to help us get the most playing time and the most bang for their buck all season. … I'm really excited about what the freshman team has to offer."

She said the JV team had nine girls who are ready and eager for the season. There are two additional girls who have been out of town, but still be able to come and work out and audition for the team. The JV team has the possibility of being at 11.

"We do feel like we have a really strong group here," James said. "There is a potential for a lot of playing time for a lot of them."

The varsity squad is comprised of one freshman, three sophomores, four juniors and seven seniors. She said the group has the potential for numerous combinations with the ability of several players to play different positions.

"So this year, we're going to rock it out and see what we can make … I think we have a great combination of girls here that can really bring it to anybody, and I think it'll be hard to scout us this year because we have so many different combinations of things that will work for us."

2019 Demonette Volleyball Schedule (up to start of school)

Aug. 5...........AHS Scrimmage…….......................9, JV, V

Aug. 6...........Frenship Dual………........................9, JV, V

Aug. 8-10......Mansfield Tournament…….......................V

Aug. 9-10......Hereford Tournament……….....................JV

Aug. 13.........Caprock…....9, JV, V – 4 p.m./5 p.m./7 p.m.

Aug. 15-17....Byron Nelson Tournament…....................V

Aug. 16-17....Amarillo Tournament……........................JV

Aug. 16-17....Dumas Tournament……...........................9

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