Williams serves new attitude to spikers

First-year coach turned Levelland program around

New Rockdale volleyball coach Jason Williams is concentrating on fundamentals and defense in the early going of workouts. New Rockdale volleyball coach Jason Williams is concentrating on fundamentals and defense in the early going of workouts. Jason Williams certainly knew what he was getting into when he accepted the Rockdale head volleyball coach position.

It was certainly a challenge to turn the ailing program around, but it's one he faced before.

Williams replaces Katrina English who was here for two years and posted a 5-57 record.

The Lady Tiger volleyball futility is well documented.

The team has made just one playoff appearance in the past 14 years and has not recorded a winning season in the same time period.

The Lady Tigers were 2-25 last season and 1-11 in District 24-3A

Williams, who becomes the Lady Tigers' sixth coach since 2002, is from Water Valley and attended Angelo State.

In his two years at Levelland, he guided the Loboettes to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

He has also made stops at Poteet and Lubbock Cooper.

Williams looks at the situation as a clean slate.

Reporter/Bill Martin Jason Williams says that "it's important for me to let the girls know where I stand" in building up the Lady Tigers' volleyball program. Spikers Reporter/Bill Martin Jason Williams says that "it's important for me to let the girls know where I stand" in building up the Lady Tigers' volleyball program. Spikers "It's important for me to let the girls know where I stand," he said. "There is no history. They have to prove themselves all over again.

"We'll start with fundamentals just to see where everybody is at."

The first rebuilding block for Williams is defense.

"There are so many big offensive teams in this area that we need to concentrate on stopping them and primarily focus on passing."

Williams' first order of business was raising the girls' stamina level. Monday morning at the new track, they did more running than the football team and then headed straight to the weight room.

The Lady Tigers did not have a single senior on the roster last season and lost their most athletic player in Keira Walton who transferred to Cypress Falls shortly after volleyball season was over. She would be a junior this season.

Williams will have four seniors to work with this season, who have stuck it out through thick and thin.

Twins Brittany (11) and Meagan Frei (8) are keys to the Lady Tigers fortunes this season and will be counted on for net play. Twins Brittany (11) and Meagan Frei (8) are keys to the Lady Tigers fortunes this season and will be counted on for net play. The list is topped by the Frei sisters, Meagan and Brittany as well as Crystal Callas and Emily Ammon.

Brittany Frei was named second team on the All-District 24- 3A team in 2008.

Youngsters with experience include juniors Krista Phillips and Lyndee Pannell and sophomore Jill Young.

Williams can also be encouraged by the high number of girls who showed up for the first day of practice, almost 40, which is up considerably from past years.

Needless to say, patience will be a virtue in the progression of the team.

"Every coach just wants to jump in there and start winning, but that's not realistic in this situation," Williams said. "As long as I let them know where I stand and they stay with the philosophy I have, we'll be alright.

"My hope is that we can set the tone this year for all girls' athletics."
WILLIAMS FILE
Age—31 Senior Crystal Callas is a valuable veteran that will be called upon for her leadership as the season plays on. Senior Crystal Callas is a valuable veteran that will be called upon for her leadership as the season plays on.
College—Angelo State (2001)
High school—Water Valley (1996)
Coaching stops—
Levelland (2007-09)
Lubbock Cooper (2003-07)
Poteet (2001-03)
West Texas Boys Ranch (1999-01).
Family—Married, wife Katy. Three
children; Seth, Kenna, Deacon.

2009 RHS VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE

DATE OPPONENT FR-JV-VAR
Aug. 11 @ Lexington 5-6-7
Aug. 13 & 15 @ Copperas Cove Tournament TBA
Aug. 18 @ McGregor 5-6-7
Aug. 21 MOODY 4:30-5:30-6:30
Aug. 25 @ Salado 5-6
Aug. 28-29 ROCKDALE TOURNAMENT TBA
Sept. 1 JARRELL 5-6-7
Sept. 4 KILLEEN ELLISON 5-6-7
Sept. 8 @ LBJ 5-6-7
Sept. 10 &12 @ Madisonville Tournament TBA
* Sept. 15 @ Bryan Rudder 5-6-7
* Sept. 18 @ Taylor 6:30-4:30-5:30
* Sept. 22 NAVASOTA 5-6-7
* Sept. 25 CAMERON 6:30-4:30-5:30
* Sept. 29 @ Caldwell 5-6-7
* Oct. 2 @ Madisonville 6:30-4:30-5:30
* Oct. 9 BRYAN RUDDER 6:30-4:30-5:30
* Oct. 13 TAYLOR 5-6-7
* Oct. 15 @ Navasota 6:30-4:30-5:30
* Oct. 20 @ Cameron 5-6-7
* Oct. 23 CALDWELL 6:30-4:30-5:30
* Oct 27 MADISONVILLE 5-6-7
* Denotes District 24-3A contest


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