One theme for Richmond volleyball this year is family.
The Red Devils are a tight-knit unit, which has helped as players have adjusted to new roles on the court.
“That really helps,” said RHS junior hitter Lexus Perkins. “With moving into the new positions, none of us really get mad. We just work to get better. We encourage each other to do better.
“The biggest thing is family, and we know we have each other’s back at the end of the day.”
The Red Devils are currently 8-5 and coming off a 3-0 sweep of Northeastern this past Tuesday.
There are always things to work on, said RHS coach Matt Fisher, but the Red Devils are much more comfortable in their roles now, 13 matches into the 2015 season.
“Some are excelling in their roles. I’m really happy,” Fisher said. “What Megan Crass has been able to do out of the middle this year, and we’re really happy with Paityn Farris moving to the outside, and Lex obviously continuing in that role in the middle and being real stable for us.
“I think our back row players do a good job of setting up our front row players and that’s a key for us.”
RHS has been off since that win over Northeastern, but that is about to end.
The Red Devils return to the volleyball court Tuesday to face state-ranked Union County in their annual match with the Patriots.
UC is tied for eighth in the latest Class 2A IndianaPrepVolleyball.com poll.
The Patriots have advanced to two straight semistate tournaments, and have made it to that level three of the last four years.
Union County has continued its strong play under first-year head coach Frank Spurlock.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” Perkins said of the match with the Patriots, which will be played in Liberty. “We just have to stay smart, keep looking for open shots, just study and work hard every day at practice.”
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