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Cherokees ready to return among state's volleyball elite

Posted: 7:07 PM, Aug 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-02 20:17:33-04
Tuloso-Midway volleyball

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Area high school volleyball teams began preseason workouts on Thursday. There’s a lot of great talent here in the Coastal Bend. We talked about Carroll last night.

And you’ll find another great program over at Tuloso-Midway.

When it comes to this sport, they have raised the bar there.

Just two years ago, the Cherokees advanced to state.

And while they made it to the post season last year, the girls will tell you they did not meet their high expectations.

They fully expect a bounce back season.

Plus, it’s a really big deal to earn the right to wear the Cherokees’ volleyball uniform.

“It means a lot to me,” setter Nyomi Gonzales said. “I started playing club (volleyball) in sixth grade and actually learned the game in sixth grade. It means a lot to be on this team because it's been my main goal for a few year now.”

The Cherokees have much confidence gleaned from playing together for several seasons.

“I think every year we practice getting comfortable with each other and building communication and setting our connections,” Tuloso-Midway right front Jordan Torre said. “It's really about building chemistry and everyone being comfortable.”

Tuloso-Midway coach Jamie Gill says her team’s experience will help them this season.

“I think the girls are ready to step up to expectations and rise to the challenge with eight returners and two incoming freshmen that are going to step into the rotation,” Gill said. “I think we will surprise some people this season.

“Winning is important but I think when you build a culture that hard work is important and being a good person the winning will come naturally. They work hard every single day and they need to keep it up during the off season and the wins kind of come naturally.”

After just two days of practice, area teams will start scrimmaging on Saturday. So it will be a very short preseason for everybody.