The Pratt High School volleyball team does not take the summer off. Instead, the girls participate in a three-part program designed to give them a head start on the upcoming scholastic season.

The Pratt High School volleyball team does not take the summer off. Instead, the girls participate in a three-part program designed to give them a head start on the upcoming scholastic season.

Last year's varsity rotation had 5 freshmen or sophomores in it, so the team was somewhat short on experience. However, with the return of those girls, this year's team will still be fairly young - only one senior with varsity experience returns- but they will be vastly more seasoned.

About 25 girls attended head coach Summer Younie's team camp last week. At the camp, the girls worked on fundamentals and also on the offense and defense that Coach Younie runs.

Part two of the summer program is weight lifting. Younie and assistant coach Richelle Quesnel run the weight room on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The weight room is open from 8:30 -9:30 on those days for any Pratt High School or Liberty Middle School girls to lift, regardless of sport.

The third leg of the summer program is for the girls to play in summer league volleyball at the Blythe Center. It is in summer league that the girls practice and apply the techniques, tactics and strategies they previously acquired at team camp.

Coaches Younie and Quesnel coach the girls during summer league. They have divided their squad into three teams, each with about 10 players so there is playing time for all. One team consists mostly of freshmen, another is made up of the kids who got varsity time last year, and the third is returning players who were JV last year.

Younie is liking the progress her girls are making so far this summer. "Last year, we competed well for being so young," she said, 'but at times we looked inexperienced and unassured. This year, the kids are playing with a lot more confidence." Summer league at the Blythe continues through the end of June.