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It would be easy for Williamstown High School volleyball coach Kim Anglin to be upset with her team opening the season 0-2, but the first-year coach knows that it is all a work in progress toward a bigger goal.
"The first week didn't go as I would have liked. We competed, but we had mental mistakes and we beat ourselves. I think the combination of a new coach, new players and a new style had a lot to do with our results. I look at it as a learning session and now we are ready," said Anglin, whose team lost to Carroll County and Pendleton County last week.
While she would have enjoyed winning, Anglin said the main goal for her thus far is to take the team's individual talent and mold it into a team that is capable of winning some matches.
"We have a lot of talent, and I would like for us to come together. I want to bring our individual talent together and form a team," Anglin said.
The first step toward that goal is having her team believe they can win, according to Anglin.
"There is no doubt in my mind that we can be successful this season and do some good things. We have to continue making adjustments and working hard," Anglin said.
Anglin and her team entered what she is referring to as a "big week" this week with matches against Gallatin County (Aug. 19), Walton-Verona (Aug. 21) and the Bluegrass Invitational Tournament (Aug. 22).
"I think the tournament could make or break us. After that tournament, we can compete the rest of the season. The big thing is we cannot get down and get frustrated. We have to push through," Anglin said.
Despite the slow start to the season, Anglin sees signs of promise during practice.
"I see improvements every day in practice and that is starting to carry over into our matches, which is big. If we stay focused, we have the talent to win some matches. The girls want to win so bad, and I want it for them," Anglin said.