Breakout Year Ahead?

By Jeremy McDonald

SCIO, Ore.–  This could be the year that the Scio High School Volleyball team could make some serious noise in 3A in Head Coach Lori Ramsay’s third-year with the program.

Of the girls in the gym Wednesday evening for team camp, nine of them have some club experience.  The Ramsay sisters of Makenna and Taryn, Miley Cooper, Olivia Betty, Addison Wessels, Everson Weaver, Kadence Soto and Avery Axmaker all bring in that extra work.  Something that’s pretty neat for a small school like Scio is as the season officially kicks off Monday with the first day of practice.

“It’s so exciting. I’ve coached all of the nine in some capacity when they were younger.  A lot of 12U and 14U, so for me it’s super exciting to coach them at a higher level all together,” said Lori Ramsay.

This offseason has felt more-or-less a normal offseason with training, open gyms and summer scrimmages with Salem Academy, Willamina and Amity.  The hard work they’ve put in and the product they were showing out on the court in those scrimmages has shown Ramsay that they’re gelling well.  That the team chemistry is there as they wrap up the finishing touches of the off-season this week.

“They’re gelling really well.  We’ve been working hard most of the Summer.  The kids who are probably going to be on my JV team for example are committed to always coming in.  Any practice, any workout they can get,” Ramsay said of her team.  “These kids always attend, but they are friends off the court and on the court, which is huge.  So, I’ve really enjoyed coaching this group.  It’s fun.

Scio’s Volleyball team has nine girls with some form of club volleyball experience entering the Fall 2021 season (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“I think in our Summer League games, it was the first time in a long time where I’m not standing up and orchestrating a lot.  These guys, I don’t have to stand up.  These guys, I’m relaxed sitting down.  But they are now understanding that ‘oh she’s comfortable with our play’.”

This group doesn’t dwell on the previous play, they move on to the next Ramsay said.  They got that high Volleyball IQ you hope for going into a competitive and fun PacWest Conference schedule this year while working on the smaller things. 

The things that got them the last two seasons that has Ramsay excited for the possibility of this year was correcting the mistakes they were making last year now and building a sound foundation entering camp and opening the season on August 31at Stayton.  Plus bringing on Kasidee Parazoo and Aspen Schudel, two former Logger players, gives the seasoned staff a fresh look at how to improve the squad this season.

“After the last two seasons we’ve done ok.  Usually, we have this lull at the end of the season where kids start to make more mistakes and so with these guys, I feel like they’re correcting those things right now.  Even in our camp tonight, one of the things we struggled with last year was just serve-receive,” said Ramsay.  “Just constant serve-receive and it’s really about communication, talking.  Serve-receive, get passes.”

The parts are there for a great season ahead for Scio as the official first-day of practice is Monday.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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