New coach gets first look at Laker volleyball squad

Bear Lake’s Lili Brown receives a serve during the Lakerts’ voleyball practice at Brethren on Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/News Advocate)

Bear Lake’s Lili Brown receives a serve during the Lakers’ volleyball practice at Brethren on Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — The Bear Lake volleyball team and new head coach Marla Evans have finally been able to get in the gym and start practicing for the upcoming season.

Just not their gym.

Due to renovations, the Lakers are using Brethren’s middle school gym until theirs is ready.

The team’s gym may not be in shape, but the players sure are. Evans feels the team’s athleticism will allow them to perform well on the court.

“It’s very early but I have a lot of confidence in the athleticism, for sure,” Evans said. “They’re good athletes. I think this is a nice mix. For my first year (coaching), I’ve been blessed. I’m sure of that.”

Evans’ first order of business is to ascertain the strengths, weaknesses and overall skill of each of her players. As a new coach, she has to learn about her players to best be able to lead them.

“Right now we’re working on technique and we’re back to basics,” Evans said. “… (Thursday) we were looking at technique for spiking. (Today) we’re probably going to throw in the numbering of the zones for sets. We’re just back to basics until I can see where everybody is at. Because I’m new, I don’t know where we’re at, skill-wise.”

Evans feels her team’s enthusiasm will pay dividends on the court. The girls enjoy the game and are willing to put in the work to maximize their performance.

“I love the girls,” Evans said. “They’re so much fun. The seniors bring a lot of confidence and the juniors bring a lot of talent. Together it’s just a great group of talent to work with for the first time. There’s a lot of character.”

Just like their home court, the Lakers have some work to do before they’re ready to go. Also like their home court, they’re getting there.

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