Cara Cowser felt nervous as she walked into the Graham gymnasium.

As an incoming senior, she had played volleyball many times before. But this time she walked into the open gym unsure of what the coach expected of her.

After listening to coach Marci Faulk talk for a few minutes, Cowser felt much more comfortable.

“She knows what she wants,” the middle blocker said. “We're gonna get down to business to do things. I think it's gonna be a new adventure for everyone. I'm really looking forward to it.” 

Faulk held an open gym Tuesday afternoon to meet the Lady Blues volleyball players, and the new coach said 28 girls came and she received numerous texts and phone calls from many others who were either on vacation or at summer camps.

Due to UIL coaching rules, which state practices can't officially start until August 4, Faulk and assistant Trey Kramer had to watch from the sidelines. However, Faulk could see the willingness from the girls to work hard and try running plays that may have been a little beyond their skill level.

“I like that they weren't holding back or they weren't scared to try something a little more advanced,” Faulk said.

The older girls ran everyone through passing and hitting drills and playing games, making sure there wasn't a separation between the freshman, junior varsity and varsity squads. 

Read the full story in this weekend's Graham Leader.