HHS junior Madi Reed hits a ball at the net during a set against the host Lady Bulldogs during a preseason jamboree last Thursday at Cabool. Credit: EMILY HONEYCUTT | HOUSTON HERALD

The Houston High School volleyball team got in some valuable work in competition with a couple of South Central Association teams in a preseason jamboree last Thursday at Cabool.

The Lady Tigers varsity and JV squads each played sets against Willow Springs and Cabool.

HHS head coach Loran Richardson and her players used the situation to learn more about themselves. She said there were somewhat mixed results.

“We wanted to focus on a few things we need to improve,” Richardson said, “like first ball side out when receiving and starting fast and strong. We were pretty successful with those goals against Willow. We also passed and attacked well that whole set.

“But we struggled with errors in the set against Cabool. We didn’t communicate well and just didn’t play smart at times.”

Richardson was happy with what she saw from the JV Lady Tigers.

“They did some really good things and I can already see major improvement in them,” she said.

Houston began the regular season with a home game Tuesday (Aug. 31) against county rival Licking and hosts Cuba Thursday (Sept. 2). Next week, the Lady Tigers travel to Summersville on Tuesday and Mansfield on Thursday.

“The jamboree is a good way to get the nerves out and find weaknesses we can improve on,” Richardson said. “We definitely know what we need to do before the first match versus Licking.

“When these girls put it all together, they are tough. I’m confident we will do that throughout the season.”

Lady Tigers junior Gracie Tottingham hits a ball during competition against Cabool during a preseason jamboree last week. EMILY HONEYCUTT | HOUSTON HERALD

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Doug Davison is a writer, photographer and newsroom assistant for the Houston Herald. Contact him by phone at 417-967-2000 or by email at ddavison@houstonherald.com.

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