First-year head coach Kimberly Callais has the Loudon High School volleyball team off to the right start in 2013.
The Lady Redskins began the season with a win over district opponent Sequoyah, edging out the Lady Chiefs in the fifth game.
Loudon dropped its second match against the Knoxville Ambassadors in the fifth set, but bounced back Thursday with a two-game sweep of Coalfield.
"The girls are really solid," Callais said. "We started drilling fundamentals — yesterday we just practiced getting the ball over the net on serves. We can fall back on that when things get hectic or they get a little too hyped up."
The match never got out of hand for Loudon Thursday, which won the first game over Coalfield 25-12 and the second 25-14. Callais said communication was key in the win.
"That was something we really worked on, especially this week," she said. "We didn't have to take Sequoyah to five sets Monday. We worked on that communication and that was important in us taking this one in two tonight."
Loudon didn't giving up unnecessary points to Coalfield. The team communicated where the ball was, rarely had multiple players in the mix for the same ball and minded the boundary markers successfully throughout the match.
"They've been talking to each other a lot on the court, which is really important," Callais said. "In volleyball, you have to have a constant line of communication going on. We've worked on that and we've improved a lot on that just since Monday."
The Lady Redskins took off in the first game on the serve of Amanda Reese. Leading 7-5, Loudon went on a 9-point run with Reese serving before Coalfield's Diana Ratcliff finally ended the rally.
"They were on point," Callais said. "Amanda Reese was solid. She's a solid player and she was there when she needed to be there."
In the second set, Loudon got off to a hot start, jumping out to a quick 10-2 lead. The Lady Redskins had a 21-8 lead before easing off the gas. Kiana Raby and Lindsay Blankenship led the way in scoring in the second game.
"They just did what they were supposed to do," Callais said. "That's what I always tell them, 'you know what you're supposed to do, so do what you're supposed to do'."
Loudon's 2-1 start is the best in team history, and Callais hopes to keep building on the fundamentals.
"We've got a pretty good system going on here," she said. "We're tweaking it as we go and we hope that in the next few games we'll have it down pat, and it will just be a well-oiled machine."
The Lady Redskins will dive back into district play at 6 p.m. Monday when they travel to McMinn Central.
"We need to keep working hard," Callais said. "I think as long as they stay motivated and positive and keep working at the same level we've been working, don't slack off, I think we'll be just fine."