Lady Tigers eager to start up season

Six experienced seniors return for Blue spikers


Samantha Muston is one of six seniors returning as the Lady Tigers’ face the opening of the 2013 season. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Samantha Muston is one of six seniors returning as the Lady Tigers’ face the opening of the 2013 season. Reporter/Cliff Dungan While entering his fifth year as head coach, Jason Williams has never had this much experience coming back.

Conversely, expectations have never been this high with the added bonus of four teams now earning playoff bids in Class 3A.

In 2013, the Rockdale Lady Tigers hope to record their first winning season since 1999 and first playoff appearance since 2006.

The Lady Tigers’ aspirations are led by 6-foot shot blocker Shelby Evans who was a firstteam all- district selection a year ago.

She leads a group of six seniors who have plenty of time at the net, including Emily McCoy (5-5, DS), Amanda Boyd (5-8, Setter), Morgan Laughlin (5- 9, OH) a nd Sama nt ha Muston (5-10, MB).

Williams welcomed 44 players who showed up for pre-season workouts.

Speaking of returning, Williams himself is somewhat of an anomaly, starting his fifth year as head coach.

The Lady Tigers, who at one point had six head coaches in eight years (2002-2009), hav- en’t had a coach with even a four-year tenure since Melissa Counihan in 1999-2002 who had their last winning season. Rockdale will host a tournament on August 29 and 31.

SPIKES—Defending District 18-3A co-champion College Station is ranked No. 9 in pre-season polls. In its first season of competition, the Lady Cougars’ roster was made up of sophomores and freshmen who are all returning in 2013 and led by All- State junior outside hitter Keaton Schrank... Defending Class 3A champion Abilene Wylie is the pre-season No.1.


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