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RONAN - Members of the Ronan High School volleyball team had their hands on round objects last week but for once it wasn’t volleyballs. 

Coach Naomi Mock and her assistant coaches Lacy Cates, Tricia Clairmont and Charla Lake organized a pumpkin carving event for the girls. 

With 33 girls, it’s hard to find a place large enough, but Mission Mountain Enterprises “kindly lent me their room,” Mock said. 

She tries to get the freshman, the junior varsity and the varsity volleyball teams together as much as possible so they know each other and can work together. The Maidens also have done team breakfasts and attended a RHS football game together. 

“We have a bunch of athletes,” Mock said, “and we’re finding the right combination of tools.”

All the coaches agreed the team hasn’t peaked yet. 

“Mainly, we’re working on fluid communication, doing our jobs, backing each other up and building (our team) together,” Mock said.

Junior Alaina Madsen has played for three years. 

“I love volleyball,” she said. 

The team is close, and they are all friends, Madsen said.

McKenzie Dulmes also likes playing volleyball, although it’s dramatic and a lot of work, she said. 

With three years of volleyball under her belt, freshman Ashley Peterson enjoys the game.

“We’re a roller-coaster team, either really up or down,” Madsen said of the Maidens. 

The team’s record was 0-14 before their last three games, which puts them last in the conference. But Madsen said the Maidens played five games with the Loyola Heartbreakers, who she characterized as “very decent” and who are second in the conference. 

Madsen would like to make it to divisionals.

The 6-B District tournament begins Oct. 27, with the Maidens playing their first game at 10 a.m. 

“Then it depends if we win or lose,” Mock said.

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