Scrimmages aren’t designed to show teams your strengths before the start of the season and that was the case Saturday for the Butler Lady Grizzlies as they hosted a 15-team volleyball scrimmage at The Power Plant.


Scrimmages aren’t designed to show teams your strengths before the start of the season and that was the case Saturday for the Butler Lady Grizzlies as they hosted a 15-team volleyball scrimmage at The Power Plant.
“We didn’t load up for any games,”?said Butler coach Rick Younger. “I played everybody and we had them split up into two groups and we did that for a number of reasons.
“We needed to make sure the incoming freshmen got experience. We needed to just get on the floor. We needed to see how they played to find out what we needed to do. That’s good because there were a number of ‘fine’ things that we needed to fix and it gave us an idea of what we needed to go and work on.”
Younger said the Lady Grizzlies were playing a lot better than what the scores indicated, but the scrimmage also showed him where work needed to be made as they prepare for the upcoming season. The Lady Grizzlies, ranked 12th in the NJCAA Division II poll, played Hutchinson (ranked in Division I), Cowley County, Kansas City (Kan.), and Barton County.
“I thought we had three great games, two ‘off the wall’ games that were terrible, and the rest were just OK,”?Younger said. “We’re making sure that everybody knows what we’re doing and it takes steps.
“A lot of people would say that we weren’t that successful, but we were. I think the two games where we were really frustrated, we quit doing the things we were supposed to do. The natural thing that people do is go back to bad habits when things get frustrating; but once they got things straightened out and got back on track, then things were OK.”
The Lady Grizzlies will have another scrimmage Wednesday at William Jewell College before opening the season at home with the White Eagle Classic this weekend.