South Gray Rebels head volleyball coach Kim Batman said that with the talent the team has back this year, they have the potential to be very good.

“I think that we are gonna be very competitive,” Batman said. “Our strength is probably going to be our height, and we have some really good back-row players.”

They still have things to work on, she said, such as consistency and playing well through all three sets, and the team’s schedule doesn’t make it easy to get a jump on competition.

“The bad part about our schedule is we don’t play our first match until the other teams have played six or seven,” Batman said. “So by the time we play our first match we’re really struggling just to get in to get some of those game-like experiences. A lot of ‘em play the Tuesday and Saturday before we even step on the court, which is kind of a hinderance to us.”

They don’t start with an easy tournament either. Right out of the gate, they play a tough tournament at Hugoton, she said, so that one should get the team jumpstarted into the season.

The Rebels play Ingalls in Cimarron early on as well and that is always tough in part because Ingalls has already usually had several matches before South Gray has played even one, Batman said.

“It’s always a tough one when we play Ingalls,” Batman said. “It always brings lots of energy, and it’s our Gray County tri, which is always a tough one, but we’ll be OK.”

Overall, seniors Hannah Askew and Shade Torres are the players Batman said she expects the leadership will come from.

They aren’t the only seniors on the team, but class-by-class, the Rebels have a good balance, something she said is really good for the future.

“We look forward to a really exciting year, we really do,” Batman said. “I think the girls are ready. I think that they have a lot of potential.”