By Chris Parsons
LYNN CAMP — A lot of teams would consider an 11-15 season a failure. For the Lynn Camp Lady Wildcat volleyball team, it was anything but.
Just a year after winning just three matches (3-21 overall) and two years after going winless with an 0-18 mark, Cody Dixon's squad won almost three times as many times as the Lady Wildcats had during the last three seasons combined (4-56 overall from 2009-11).
If you ask Dixon, he thinks this season is just one of many building blocks toward being where he thinks the Lynn Camp program can eventually be.
“I'm extremely pleased with the way our kids bought in and played this season,” Dixon said. “We achieved one of the most important goals we set this year and that was to win 10 matches.
“We only won three last season and they were winless the year before that, so I think these kids have come a long way,” he added. “The best part about this season is I think it's just the beginning as far as where I think we can eventually get to.”
In addition to finishing with an 11-15 mark, the Lady Wildcats recorded nine wins against 13th Region foes and were able to knock off district rival Knox Central for the first time since Aug. 24, 2009. The previous three season combined, they had only grabbed three wins over regional foes.
Combine that with the fact the Lady Wildcats have just one departing senior on this year's team and the future looks bright for Lynn Camp volleyball.
“When you look at such a young roster and see some of the athleticism that some of these young kids have, I think we're only going to get better,” Dixon said. “I've talked to some of the girls and several of them are going to get involved in some club volleyball, so that's going to help them get better.
“Any time you have kids that will commit to playing in the off-season, it shows you that they want to invest in the program,” he added. “That's the kind of thing that is contagious and the kind of commitment it takes to build a program into a winning program.”
Dixon said the fact his team was able to experience positive stretches will go a long way in making his team hungry as it heads into next season.
“I think the girls had fun this season for the most part, but you could tell that they really enjoyed being a part of the team when were winning,” Dixon said. “The fact they were able to be a part of those stretches will make them want to succeed even more next season.
“Any time you have kids that are hungry for success and they're willing to put in the time and work to improve upon the previous season's success, that's about all a coach can ask for,” he added. “If our kids come back as hungry next year as they were at the end of this season, I think the sky is the limit for this program.”