Last season Waynesville High School head volleyball coach Holly Davidson was not there to coach the Lady Tigers, but she did see some of their games and she saw that they need some work and so she scrapped everything they knew and started over.

“Last year when I watched a few of their games everything was high and slow, so we are really trying to speed up our offense and have a solid defense,” said Davidson.

Waynesville did not win their conference last season or their district but Davidson is confident that she can turn this team around and make them successful.

“I think we have drastically improved since I first got here,” said Davidson. “I think if we pull it all together we are going to surprise some people and they are probably going to surprise themselves.”

Waynesville lost one of their best players in Sara Miller, who has since graduated, but they do have hard hitting Breonna Copeland back and Davidson is looking forward to what Copeland and Alyssa Arnold can accomplish this season.

“I think that Breonna Copeland is going to be a big leader for us and then our setter Alyssa Arnold will be big us as well,” said Davidson. “Those two should be able to set the tempo for us and if that happens we will be tough.”

Waynesville opens their season today against Springfield Glendale and will not play their first home game until September 4, when they host St. Clair High School.

Here is the rest of the 2012 Waynesville volleyball schedule.

8/24/2012 5:00 pm Glendale High School Springfield

8/27/2012 6:00 pm Dixon High School Dixon

8/28/2012 5:00 pm Helias High School Jefferson City

8/30/2012 5:00 pm Marshfield High School Marshfield

9/4/2012 5:00 pm St. Clair High School Waynesville

9/6/2012 5:00 pm Hillcrest High School Waynesville

9/10/2012 TBA Conway High School Waynesville

9/11/2012 5:30 pm Osage High School Waynesville

9/15/2012 TBA Varsity Hillcrest Tourn. Springfield

9/18/2012 5:00 pm Central High School Waynesville

9/20/2012 5:00 pm West Plains High School West Plains

9/22/2012 9:00 am Rolla Tournament Rolla

9/25/2012 5:00 pm Sullivan High School Sullivan

9/27/2012 5:00 pm Lebanon High School Lebanon

10/2/2012 5:00 pm Licking High School Licking

10/4/2012 5:00 pm Parkview High School Waynesville

10/9/2012 5:00 pm Camdenton High School Waynesville

10/11/2012 5:00 pm Rolla High School Waynesville

10/16/2012 5:00 pm Kickapoo High School Springfield

10/18/2012 5:00 pm Joplin High School Waynesville

10/22/2012 – 10/26/2012 Varsity District Tournament Jefferson City