Oct 14, 2013 9:34 PM by Drew Collins - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - We are all fans of Friday Night here in the Coastal Bend, just take a look at any high school football stadium in the area - and you'll see the passion for high school sports. But what about the Volleyball teams playing on Friday night? The crowds in the gyms are noticeably smaller than their Tuesday night contests.
So, are the schools to blame for overloading the Friday night athletic schedule?
Should they re-open the discussion on Volleyball not playing on Fridays?
We talked to some local volleyball players and they felt the schools should reconsider.
"I really wish we would play on a different day, maybe like Thursday," Ray High School setter Raelynn Soliz said. "I know even the football players tell us ‘I wish we could go to your games but we're just unable to.'"
"We don't get a lot of fans in the stands," Ray's Marcy Davila said about the Lady Texans games on Fridays. "Volleyball is a big sport and it's a really sport to watch, but all throughout the week it's all about the football game."
We brought up the discussion to CCISD Athletic Director Brenda Marshall, who pointed out some important reasons why Tuesday and Friday nights work best.
"Friday night is prime time, whether it's volleyball or football," Marshall said. "So you can't just say ‘hey we have to play volleyball on Saturday' because now cross country is so big in this area and a lot of girls are doing both."
CCISD has already made some tweaks to the Friday night schedule to try and accommodate both sides. For example: the district's 4A schools hold their varsity volleyball games at 5pm, in hopes fans/players can attend football games after.
"Friday night games are matched up with volleyball and football," Marshall said. "So if they're away the volleyball team is away at the same place, so actually they can match up and when they get through playing they can go to the game."
Marshall also pointed out that the decision to play on Fridays is made by every one involved.
"All the coaches get together with our athletic directors and we decide what schedules are we going to do, what day we are going to run cross country, what day for volleyball so we all get together and it has to be approved through our DEC (District Executive Committee)."