PAWNEE CITY – Pawnee City is looking to push the tempo and run through the Pioneer Conference this season.
The Indians finished 12-11 last season, but this year they are under a new watch. First year head coach, Dani Niss, is looking to speed things up and is getting them prepared early.
“A lot of our drills have been just getting it up the floor. The first couple days it was really hard. They wanted to dribble past half court before they passed the ball, so we spent a lot of time focusing on needing to pass the ball early, as soon as they’re open and looking. Just little things like that, I took for granted because that’s how I played growing up,” stated Coach Niss.
One of the players that Coach Niss will look to is Abby Mathewson. She’s a senior that gives the Indians a lot of hustle.
“I’m definitely going to work on being positive and helping the underclassmen that have a harder time understanding things. Help cheer them up because some of them get hard on themselves really easily, but it’s easy for me because I’ve been there,” stated Mathewson.
Even though this is her first season, this is not Coach Niss’s first year coaching the girls. She was the head volleyball coach at Pawnee City, previously. Niss is hoping to have an impact on their success.
“I’d love to have a winning season. That would be great. We’d be building off of what they did last year, but I think, realistically, building off of their individual skills. This is a whole different personnel system than they’re used to. They’re used to having big and strong inside, but that’s not what we have this year. We’re fast,” declared Coach Niss.
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