GLEN ROSE — By the time the Glen Rose Lady Tigers open the 2019 volleyball season Friday morning at the Wimberley Tournament, they’ll have a week’s worth of practices and six scrimmages under their belts, and that’s not many for a team welcoming nine new varsity players.

“We have had our ups and downs,” Glen Rose volleyball coach Sandy Langford said of the first week. “We are working on communication, connection and confidence” as well as “blocking, hitting different shots, service receive.”

Senior Taylor Fellers, and juniors Abby Koerner and Alexis Mims, return the most varsity experience for the Lady Tigers, who went 37-8 last year. 

“Taylor is leading the girls,” Langford said. “She is a solid all-around player that knows the game.”

Fellers, who tallied more than 400 assists last year, and junior Emma Lozier will quarterback the team as the setters, while junior Jeana Douglas, sophomores Brooklyn Vara and Mallory Goff, and freshman Mattie Young, Koerner and Mims will play front row and be the team’s hitters and blockers. 

“Mims has really grown as a player in being a big first defender, and offensively, we are really looking for her and depending on her to put the ball down,” Langford said. 

Senior Avery Turner, junior Lindsay Andress and sophomores Kylie Frush and Cam Hinton will patrol the back row. 

“Cam is very vocal, a hustler and is going to be a great asset defensively, and we want her to get as many touches possible in the backcourt game,” Langford said. 

The Lady Tigers hosted a scrimmage last Saturday and played Brock, Kennedale and Red Oak, and last Monday, they traveled to Burleson where they played Eaton, Fossil Ridge and Midlothian Heritage.

“The girls showed me we are going to be fighters,” Langford said. “We are going to keep the ball in play and defend our court.”

The Lady Tigers are in a pool with LBJ-Laredo, Comfort and Kaufman on the opening day of the 32-team Wimberley  Tournament that features teams like Stephenville, Melissa, Peaster, Johnson City and Burnet, just to mention a few.

The tournament concludes Saturday and GR’s opponents will be determined on how they finish in pool play Friday morning. 

Following the tournament, the Lady Tigers travel to Joshua on Tuesday before opening the Glen Rose Tournament Aug. 15-17. In addition to the tournament, Glen Rose will play Sanger on Friday, Aug. 16 at Tiger Arena.