By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – Cookie Johnson returns to the bench as the head coach of the Crockett Lady Bulldogs volleyball team this year and is faced with a dilemma. She has too many players!!

Johnson said after the first two days of practice for the upcoming 2018 volleyball season, she has 36 young ladies attempting to make either the varsity or junior varsity Lady Bulldog squads.

“It’s brand new for me again!” she exclaimed. “I’ve been out of this (coaching volleyball) for two years. We have seven returning players and out of those seven, only two are seniors. I saw them play last year but it was from a different perspective. I actually got to sit and watch them.”

Karla Gilbert, the former Crockett VB coach, recently moved back to the Bryan/College Station area in order to be closer to her family.

“We’re getting back into and we’re all well rested. The players are rested from the summer break and I’ve been off the (VB) sidelines for two years. We’re just going to play and have fun,” Johnson said.

She indicated the team will not have near the height they had in previous years because of graduation.

“Last year, four players graduated from the team and they had pretty much all the height. This year we will be more of a defensive team, but we’re still going to swing at it and take our chances,” the coach said.

This year, the Lady Bulldogs will compete in District 20-3A. Other teams in the district include: the Buffalo Lady Bison; the Elkhart Lady Elks; the Frankston Maidens; the Groesbeck Lady Goats; the Westwood Lady Panthers; and the Teague Lady Lions.

“We have a big number of kids who came out. We have 36 which means we will have to cut some, unfortunately. Our strength is going to be our defense. We won’t have the height to get the kills we want and need. We will have to be on our toes and play good all-around defense,” she said.

As far as players to watch, Johnson said to keep an eye on Alexis Frias and Sha’bess Johnson

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.