Since the start of practice earlier this month, new Three Forks High School Volleyball Head Coach Tiffany Lynch has been pleased with what she has witnessed from 31 players who tried out for the 2023 team.
"The first few practices have been awesome. The energy is electric. You can tell the second you walk into the gym that the girls are happy to be there. I hit the jackpot with our assistant coaches. They have been so positive and helpful, which really adds to the climate of our practices. We're all just so happy to be together playing the sport we love. That's what it's all about," Lynch said.
It was a busy offseason for the team, with many traveling to camps across the area and time spent in their home gym.
"We had open gyms throughout the summer that many girls attended. Our goal as a program is to get girls excited to train in the off-season in order to make themselves better both individually and as a team," Lynch said.
The 2023 team will return numerous players with varsity experience, something Lynch said will be crucial to success.
"We'll also have some new faces and some girls playing different roles. It's exciting to see the versatility we have in our players. We also have some wonderful leaders who are ready to step up and help guide this program to where we want it," she said.
Although it will be her first year at the helm in Three Forks, Lynch is no stranger to running a program, having taken Hardin to the State Tournament three out of her six years as Head Coach.
"I am ecstatic to be back in a head coaching role. These last few days have been a really positive reminder of why I love coaching so much. I am enjoying these girls and coaches, and I can't wait to get the season rolling," Lynch said.
It will be a busy opening weekend for the Wolves, who will travel to Choteau to compete against a large field of teams from across the Treasure State.
"Choteau is one of my favorite trips of the year. I'm happy that we get to start with a format like Choteau because we get a ton of playing time which gives us opportunities to work on lineups and get ready for the regular season. It will also be a great opportunity for the girls to get used to my coaching style, what I expect from them, and what they can expect from me come game time," Lynch said.