By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
With only one day of varsity-only practice under their belts, the Lady Redskins stepped on to the court Tuesday for a scrimmage with the junior varsity and the faculty, and there were some expected bumps along the way that went along with some spikes as well.
The Lady Redskin volleyball team has been on the rise in the past 15 years, starting with coach Jon Hammer and continuing under Hugo Cano and Thais Baziquetto-Allen. All had winning teams that competed, and won, Western Athletic Conference titles, and some advanced through Sub-State to compete at the state volleyball tournament.
Now it is Taryn Dinh’s turn to take the helm of the volleyball program, and it was clear that her style would be all her own.
At times, Dinh was standing courtside and discussing technique with her players. At other times she was taking notes on the bench.
Perhaps more than most, the scrimmage was as much the team getting a feel for their first-year head coach as she was getting a look at them.
Dinh has been implementing her style of play during the summer and pre-season, and she has the background of being a Lady Redskin herself and finding success at the collegiate level. Now, she is developing a relationship with her Lady Redskins as the coach, and she recognized her style may vary from previous coaches.
“I think it has been really good,” Dinh said. “I may be not as animated. I do get excited for them, but I like the girls to figure it out by themselves. I don’t like to call a lot of time outs, and I’ve told them that. So, I think they are learning that I’m letting them figure it out.”
Scrimmage night also brings the game feel with fans in the stands, and that gave Dinh a chance to see how her team operates under game-time conditions.
“The girls are wearing their jerseys, it’s more of the game-like element,” she said. “I told them we only had one practice as varsity, so I was proud of what they did, and it was good for them to get thrown in to the game situation, so I wanted to see how they would figure things out.”
The Lady Redskins struggled early against the junior varsity who had already played a match with the freshmen. Service errors early allowed the junior varsity to keep the score close and even hold an occasional lead.
But Dinh took a rare time out with te varsity trailing 16-12, and they responded by reeling off four straight points and pulling out a win.
The varsity also faced the faculty team, perhaps one of the most talented faculty groups to challenge the Lady Redskins in recent years. The Lady Redskins split the first two sets before dropping the tie-breaker, 15-13.