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Kingwood Tournament Schedule (Revised 08/13)

posted Aug 13, 2019, 8:58 AM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Aug 13, 2019, 9:49 AM ]

The Kingwood Tournament Schedule (Revised 08/13)

Location: Kingwood High School
2701 Kingwood Dr, Kingwood, TX 77339

Thursday August 15
Depart Bellaire High @ 8:15 am

 9:00 am Seven Lakes vs. Bellaire
 10:30 am Kingwood vs. College Park
 12:00 am Cy- Fair vs. Seven Lakes
 1:30 am Bellaire vs. College Park
 3:00 am Kingwood vs. Cy-Fair

Saturday August 17
Depart Bellaire High @ 10 am

 9:00 amCy-Fair vs. College Park
 10:30 amKingwood vs. Seven Lakes
 12:00 amCy- Fair vs. Bellaire
 1:30 amCollege Park vs. Seven Lakes
 3:00 amKingwood vs. Bellaire

Cy Falls Scrimmages

posted Aug 4, 2019, 9:22 PM by Bellaire Volleyball

Tryouts Tomorrow

posted Jul 31, 2019, 9:07 AM by Bellaire Volleyball

Tips On Standing Out At Volleyball Tryouts

Being involved in competitive volleyball tryouts can be a nerve-wracking experience. Making the team is the only reason every player in the gym has shown up.  It’s a high pressure environment and you'll need to be at your best to make the team. Being ready is the best way to make volleyball tryouts much less intimidating and improve your chances of making the team.  Below are easy-to-follow tips to help you stand out to the coaches and get noticed during volleyball tryouts. 

Quality Sleep
Quality sleep is important for every athlete. It’s a time when muscles recover and grow, and a time for our brains to reset. While it may be difficult with the impending tryout, it’s even more important to make sure you get a quality 8 hours of sleep the night before your tryouts. Avoid late nights, sleepovers, or binging on TV and video games. Something as simple as being well rested could give you an advantage over your competition.

Arrive Early 
Being late to volleyball tryouts WILL get you noticed…in a bad way! If possible, get to your tryout 15 - 20 minutes before it starts so that you’ll have time to warm up and prepare yourself mentally.  Being early will get you notices by the coaches as eager and committed. 

Be Organized and Prepared 
You only get one chance to make a great first impression.  The easiest way to make a negative first impression is showing up at tryouts unprepared. Make sure you have your paperwork, bottle of water, your shoes, knee pads, ankle braces, snacks and anything else you’ll need.

Look Like You Belong 
There’s no need to buy brand new shoes and fancy knee pads before the start of tryouts, but you should certainly look like a volleyball player.  Jean shorts and a tank top are not exactly normal volleyball attire. Not looking the part is a surefire way to get ignored at tryouts. 

Warm Up Before the Warm Up 
Most tryouts begin with some form of warm up, but you should do your own first. Stretch out, get loose, and get your muscles working. Coaches take notice of the players who are putting in work before tryouts start and doing so will also help you get focused in on volleyball ahead of time. 

Be There Physically and Mentally 
If you’re going to be at tryouts physically, you better be there mentally too. Being present means you’re always paying attention to what is going on around you. Volleyball tryouts isn’t a time to muck around with friends and daydream... It’s a time to show off your volleyball skills and prove to the coaches why you’re deserving of a spot on the team.  Don’t waste your opportunity. 

Give 100% Effort - EVERY TIME
Tryouts are the time to prove that you take your volleyball seriously. ...Coaches love player who give full effort on every repetition during tryouts and practice and it will make you stand out. Giving less than 100% effort will make you stand out in a negative way.

Demonstrate a Positive Attitude 
A “Negative Nancy” is quite possibly the worst teammate in existence. Coaches can’t stand playerS that sulk after every error and generate a negative energy towards themselves or others’ mistakes. Demonstrate positive encouragement toward other players during drills and competitions. Displaying a positive attitude makes you stand out and proves to the coaches and other players that you’re a good teammate to have around. 

Follow Directions 
Coaches look for players that can follow directions and don’t waste time.  If it’s time to set up hitting lines, do it.  If it’s time to get water, do it.  If a coach needs to repeat themselves several times, they’ll become frustrated because of all the wasted practice time. 

Be Coachable - DO NOT Argue 
Volleyball tryouts are not the time to disagree with a coach about hitting technique. If you get a coach directing you to change your technique, do it.  This shows the coaches that you’re willing to learn and that you can be coached.  Coaches will always select a player that can be coached before a player who will argue or not change. 

Demonstrate You Are a Well-Rounded Player 
You may think you’re the team’s best outside hitter... and it may be true. But be prepared for the coaches to think differently. If they want you to set, set. If they want you to block middle, block middle.  Show you are capable of a playing a variety of roles/positions.  This will make you more important to the team and more likely to make the team. 

Be the First to Raise Your Hand 
Be the first to volunteer to demonstrate a drill or collect volleyballs or do whatever is requested.  Be the first to raise your hand high up in the air. It’s a simple way to get noticed and show you’re willing to help out. Don’t hide in the back, step forward and get involved. 

Be the Loudest
Communication is vital in the sport of volleyball.  If there is one phrase you’ll guaranteed to hear during a volleyball practice, it’s... “Call the ball.” And it’s even more important than usual when you’re playing with unfamiliar teammates. Communicate loudly and frequently to show that you have a firm grasp of the communication terminology and you’re willing to speak up. 

Put Your Leadership Skills on Display 
Leadership skills are a highly desired quality that coaches love. Throughout tryouts, seek opportunities to gently lead others. Whether it’s showing a first-time beginner the proper approach to hit, explaining a drill to someone who didn’t understand, or simply encouraging teammates to give their best... Coaches notice someone who displays natural leadership. 

Make Your Confidence Clear 
Confidence is displayed by being aggressive. Hesitation has no place at tryouts. Swing hard when hitting and don’t hold back through fear of making a mistake. These things show coaches that while your technical skills may need some tuning, your confidence will not be an issue.

10 Things You Should NEVER Do at a Volleyball Tryout
  1. Don't give your setter a hard time. Got blocked? Hit out? Shake it off and move on without placing blame.

  2. Don't bring your cell phone into the gym. Coaches don’t want to see you texting when you should be concentrating on volleyball.

  3. Don't form cliques. Be sure to rotate who your partner is for drills and invite new people into your group.

  4. Don't ever quit on a ball, even if you know it’s unlikely that you’ll get to it. Even in pepper! Coaches want players who give it their all on every ball.

  5. Don't talk when the coach is talking. it’s disrespectful and sends a bad message to the coach.

  6. Don't do anything halfway. Lazy footwork on free balls, not covering the hitter, walking to shag balls, etc. Give your all whenever you’re in the gym

  7. Don't pay attention to your parents on the sidelines. No conversations or gestures. Coaches want to focus on the player, not the parent.

  8. Don't carry a mistake with you into the next play. A coach can tell by your body language if you’re not over being blocked on the previous point.

  9. Don't be resistant to stepping into another position, even if it’s not the one you’re trying out for. Coaches want players who can adjust and are willing to be versatile if that’s what’s needed to make a drill work or help the team.

  10. Don't give off a negative vibe. Look like you’re having fun playing the game. Smile, be upbeat, support your teammates, and enjoy yourself. Coaches like players who bring positive energy to the court.

First Match in 2019 is Now a Home Game

posted Jul 29, 2019, 9:02 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jul 29, 2019, 9:04 PM ]

The first match of the 2019 Season against Fort Bend Austin will be played in The Nest at Bellaire High School.  Games will be played on a typical schedule: 

Bellaire High Lady Cardinals vs Fort Bend Austin Lady Bulldogs

Tuesday, August 6th
4:30 pm: Freshman
5:30 pm: JV
6:30 pm: Varsity

Like Bellaire High, Fort Bend Austin High School is going through a remodel and the gym will not be ready in time for our match against the Lady Bulldogs. 

2019 Katy Scrimmage Schedules

posted Jul 26, 2019, 6:48 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jul 26, 2019, 6:54 PM ]

All three Bellaire High Volleyball teams will compete in the August 3rd Scrimmages.  The Varsity and JV teams will play at Katy High School (6331 Hwy Blvd Katy, TX  77494).  The Freshmen team will play at Stratford High School (14555 Fern Dr, Houston, TX 77079).  Players will travel to the scrimmages on buses and should arrive at Bellaire High School by TBD.  Below are the schedules for each team.


The Varsity and Jr Varsity teams will compete at Katy High School

2019 Work Day

posted Jul 24, 2019, 7:13 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jul 24, 2019, 7:21 PM ]

Eight Lady Cardinals Go To Nationals

posted Jun 28, 2019, 1:36 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jun 28, 2019, 4:01 PM ]

Congratulations to the eight Lady Cardinals who will travel to the USA Volleyball National Championship tournament this week.  Bellaire High will have more players competing at GJNC than any other HISD school.  Best of luck to all these players as they go for the Gold in Indianapolis Indiana. 

Lady Cardinals who will compete for a USAV National Championship.

 Player Name  Team  Division
 Clarke Adams  Houston Jrs 16 Elite  16 Open
 Emily Hawes  Houston Skyline 17 Royal  17 Open
 Eliza Konvicka  Houston Stellar 15 Elite  15 American
 Spirit Martin  Houston Jrs-South 16 Elite  16 USA
 Starr Martin  Houston Jrs-South 17 Elite  17 USA
 Armyni Perales  Houston Jrs 17 Premier  17 USA
 Nyla Rasberry  Houston Jrs 15 Elite  15 USA
 Skye Sustala  Houston Jrs 15 Premier  15 USA 

We are #CardinalProud these student-athletes!

Keeping Up With the Lady Cardinals

posted Jun 22, 2019, 12:49 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated Jun 22, 2019, 1:37 PM ]

How are you going to keep up with the Lady Cardinals?

As social media has become more popular, the amount of information covering our volleyball community has exponentially grown. To keep you informed, we've become much more active sharing and posting relevant content on the Bellaire Volleyball Facebook page, on Twitter @BellaireVball and on our Instagram page, bellairevolleyball.  We've spent more time using social media and less time sending emails.  We'll still send a few emails; but they will not be as comprehensive as in the past.  As a result, we are asking Bellaire Volleyball fans to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

This summer, take some time to download the apps and "follow @BellaireVball" on Twitter, and then "Like" and then "Follow" Bellaire Volleyball's Facebook page. Follow "bellairevolleyball" on Instagram too!

Go to the Bellaire Volleyball Facebook page; "LIKE" and "FOLLOW" the page! Set your Facebook and smartphone notifications to alert you of new posts about the Lady Cardinals!  We'll share posts from local news media, professional organizations and other groups covering the Houston area volleyball community.

We'll post game scores, event logistics and announcements from around the Houston area volleyball community on Twitter @BellaireVball. Following Bellaire Volleyball on Twitter is easy! The home page on shows current tweets and you can receive all the Bellaire Volleyball tweets as SMS text messages on your smartphone by doing the following:

    1. text the message “Follow BellaireVball to 40404
    2. text Set Discover Off to 40404 to get only BellaireVball posts.
Bookmark on you smartphone and computer browser because Bellaire Volleyball's website is the best place to find information about the Lady Cardinals. is the go-to place for competition schedules, player forms, upcoming events,  maps to other venues and player achievements.  On the home page, there is a live @BellaireVball Twitter feed along-side articles published about our players, coaches and the Houston area high school volleyball community. There is no better place for Bellaire Volleyball fans to get the information they need about the Lady Cardinals. 

Bellaire Volleyball Calendar
The Bellaire Volleyball Google Calendar is the best source for up-to-date event logistics: schedules, times and locations on every Bellaire Volleyball event.  Add this calendar to your smartphone's built-in calendar application or accessed it through the Google Calendar App.  Every Bellaire Volleyball Calendar entry contains details about the event: addresses, logistics notes, and sometimes links to additional documentation like a detailed event schedule. Go HERE to add the Bellaire Volleyball public Google Calendar to your smartphone calendar application!

Enrollment Opens for the 2019 Freshman Camp

posted Jun 22, 2019, 12:48 PM by Bellaire Volleyball

Hawes Named Gym Dandy

posted Jun 22, 2019, 12:48 PM by Bellaire Volleyball's “Gym Dandies,” recognize the nation’s top full-time defensive players, in both high school and club programs.  High school coaches, club coaches and club directors were asked to nominate players with the only limitation: players had to be generally considered among the best 10-20 defensive players in their state, regardless of class year or school classification.

What Prep Volleyball says about Emily Hawes:

"Hawes is a tall libero at 5-10 and an Ole Miss commit who in 2018 recorded 620 digs and 88 aces and passed a 2.5 for the Cardinals. The First Team All-District pick is technically sound and covers half the court in serve-receive. A team captain, Bellaire head coach Ap Clarke said that Hawes is “forever in the gym” “makes everyone play and work hard every day” and her “court sense makes her one of the best around.”

Congratulations Emily!  We are #CardinalProud of you!


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