This Lockview Dragon gets full extension of her arms out on the ball for a return during practice on Oct. 10. (Healey photo)

FALL RIVER: The new junior varsity girls volleyball season got off to a “kill”-ing of a start for the Lockview High Dragons.

In their season opener, Lockview bounced back from a first set loss to Citadel High to take the next three to take the match 3-1.

That had the team with an extra bounce in their step as coaches Andrew and Paula Brooks worked their troops through the drills at an upbeat practice at the school gym on Oct. 10.

“We expect to be very competitive again this year as we were last year,” said Paula Brooks, adding they took the Metro banner and played for the regional banner. “I’m hoping we can play for it again and maybe win it this year.”

Brooks said Citadel High has been their stiffest rival in the past seven years of the program.

“It was nice to start the season off with a win against them,” she said.

She said the team needs to gel on and off the court while having fun and smiling.

These three Dragons are ready to attack the serve when it’s made. (Healey photo)

The husband and wife team started the team seven years ago when their first daughter wanted to play it, but there was only the varsity team.

“We came in and asked if we could start the team, and they said yes,” she said. “So we keep coming in each year asking if we can do it. Now they ask us to come back.

Eden Ferguson is one of the team’s co-captains.

“I think we’ll have a good season,” said Ferguson. “We have a lot of potential. We started off really good with the first game. We expected it to be difficult, but we managed to pull it off.”

There’s about six new players on the team. They have experienced players to lean on.

“We have a good mix of players on the team,” she said.

The Lockview High Dragons junior varsity girls volleyball team have started the new season off strong. (Submitted photo)

Ferguson said they have to build momentum from that win—and that means not going easy or being lackadaisical in practice.

“We just have to keep trying hard in practices and give 100 per cent,” she said.