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Defense stands out for Boyd

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 9, 2014

During the first week of practice, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets focused primarily on receiving serves. In their first action of the season, it showed.

For most of the live scrimmage against Chico, the Lady Yellowjackets made crisp passes to set up offensive chances. Boyd outscored Chico in the scored portion of the 40-minute session.

“Eighty percent of our time is on serve-receive,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “You can’t do anything without a pass.”

Libero Britney Howard spearheaded the strong defensive showing for Boyd.

“Our libero is pretty strong,” Crafton said.

Howard said the team is developing a strong defensive mindset.

“We work the most on defense. It’s what wins games,” Howard said. “It’s refusing to let the ball hit the floor.”

Crafton and Howard also pointed out that the Lady Yellowjackets still have plenty to work on.

“There are a couple of things that are still rusty,” Howard said. “But the first time out of the gate we looked good.”

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