United getting into swing of young volleyball season


United is a program that does not live on what they have accomplished in the past but instead utilizes its success as a platform to keep climbing. The Lady Longhorns know they have a very large target on their backs this year and with each passing season it has gotten larger after winning four consecutive district titles.

Monday morning saw a new crop of players enduring drill after drill in the tedious tryout process that has become a staple of the program. While United returns the majority of players after only losing two athletes to May’s graduation, nothing is guaranteed and each player must fight to get back onto the varsity squad with a talented pool of players streaming through the program.

United head coach Lety Longoria and her long-time varsity assistant Miriam Garcia are fired up for the season and did not hesitate to stop a drill if it was not being conducted to their satisfaction.

Longoria and Garcia do not accept mediocre effort on anything the potential varsity players do and if they do not meet their standards, there are team consequences.

The Lady Longhorns are a determined bunch with huge goals and including defending their district title that has been home to United for the past four seasons.

“This year we have seen big goals for ourselves as a program,” Longoria said. “We are looking forward to an exciting and challenging season and ready to work hard for what we want. The girls are motivated to make something happen this year and that pushes us as coaches to work harder for them. We dream big and we know that in order to accomplish what we want it’s going to take a lot of hard work, effort and dedication to each other, so we can all grow together as a program.”

United made its final cuts Tuesday and geared up for a full practice with its varsity squad which has taken steps to get team chemistry right with an entire preseason and a three tournaments to accomplish that goal.

The Lady Longhorns return the majority of the team and are a senior-laden squad that has a lot of experience on the court. Seniors Mia Molina, Erika Peimbert and Krizia Perez have been key players who have worked feverishly in the offseason playing club ball.

Molina and Perez made the bi-weekly trek to San Antonio for the spring semester while Peimbert played for Nuevo Leon. The trio looked sharp during practice and is aiming to build on that for the remainder of the season.

The Lady Longhorns will measure their team chemistry Friday as they endure the first test of the season in a scrimmage and will try out different lineups before the season opener Tuesday against Alice at home.

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