Apaches aim for unity in early stages


WIMBERLEY — Wins and losses aren’t counted toward playoff standings in mid-August. And even though new head coach Brittney Orunonyehu always wants to win, she also wants to make sure the Lady Apaches are winning when it counts. Orunonyehu believes the team is on their way after their performances last weekend at Wimberley’s Tex-Fest volleyball tournament.
On Friday, the Lady Apaches opened pool play with two losses and a win. They lost to Blanco (25-15, 27-25) then to Sonora (25-23, 25-21) before knocking off Uvalde (25-14, 25-9) to advance to the bronze bracket.
“I think the girls played phenomenal as a team, it’s the best volleyball since we’ve started,” Orunonyehu said. “They’re learning how to change the game up and go at a faster speed at the varsity level. We have some girls from JV last year, we have some varsity girls, so now they’re mingling together, becoming one and I think we’re going to be a phenomenal team later on. As for the games [this tournament] I think we did great.”
On Saturday, the Lady Apaches then beat Boling (25-11, 25-22) and lost to Hardin (25-18, 25-23).
“A big goal of mind is always to win,” Orunonyeho added. “That’s the number one goal. But secondly, I want them to understand how to be a team and become one. How to be unselfish players, player together, transition on and off the net quicker, make sure we’re actually hitting the open spots on the other side of the court. I’m changing their view of volleyball, changing their mindset, and that’s all I want to see, that they’re improving as a team.”
The Lady Apaches will travel to Schulenburg this weekend for a tournament before traveling to Luling on Tuesday for a non-district game scheduled at 6 p.m.