Auston Holz

Duncan volleyball player Auston Holz gets ready to serve the ball in last week’s home scrimmage against the Lady Royals. Holz and the Lady Demons volleyball team begin their season Monday evening against El Reno at home.

Thursday was the day that the Duncan Lady Demons Volleyball team started to put everything together and after several weeks of practices they are ready for the season opener against El Reno.

Facing off against Lawton Christian and Chickasha in Lawton, the Lady Demons got two big wins in their final pre-season matchup which pleased Lady Demons head coach Amanda Lard.

“I was pretty pleased with what I saw from our scrimmage. It was the first time we had everyone together,” Lard said. “We have some playing different positions than they had to play last year so it has obviously taken a little while for us to gel. It’s not where we we want it yet, but I think the scrimmage was a good step forward in getting there.”

Originally, the Lady Demons were scheduled for their home opener to be Tuesday evening, but with a change in El Reno’s schedule they will host them Monday evening instead.

With one less day to prepare for the Lady Indians, Lard has her team preparing for game like situations and is using the little amount of practices to prepare for the season opener.

“We’re spending more time working on game type scenarios as opposed to drilling as much,” Lard said. “We know time is short so we’re looking at what we might be seeing coming up on Monday and trying to simulate that in practice.”

The Lady Demons will rely on several returners, however, Lard said that it won’t be just one player they will rely on but instead has seen the whole team step up when needed.

“Just from what I see in practice and the scrimmages, I don’t think there’s going to be any one person who we can pinpoint,” Lard said. “So many different players have stepped up and made some amazing plays at different positions. I think the most important people on the court will be whoever is back row for serve-receive and defense because those are the catalysts to ignite the rest of our offense. If we can’t get good passes from them, it throws our whole offense off.”

Beginning the season with the ninth grade game at 3 p.m. Monday Aug. 12 followed by the JV game at approximately 4 p.m. and varsity at 5 p.m. in front of the home crowd, the Lady Demons are ready to answer questions about their season.

“Yesterday I had the girls answer some questions about their personal goals and expectations for the team. The last question I asked them was what Catoosa meant to them,” Lard said. “Not one person had any significant attachment to Catoosa, but they did respond with the state tournament. I told them that Catoosa is where the 5A State Tournament is being held. Now they’ve attached meaning to Catoosa and without knowing it they had already established it as our end goal. I couldn’t ask for a better group to keep that goal in mind all season and hold each other accountable if someone looses the focus on our goal.”