Lady Gladiator Volleyball hits the weight room running

Image: Lady Gladiator Jaclynn Lewis, a sophomore, maxes out along with her volleyball teammates on Midnight Madness Monday.

Lady Gladiator Jaclynn Lewis, a sophomore, maxes out along with her volleyball teammates on Midnight Madness Monday. (Barry Byers)

Italy — With Midnight Madness concluding around 3:30 p.m. Monday morning following the Pancake Breakfast inside the Italy High School cafeteria, the day was far from over for Italy Athletics. The Lady Gladiator Volleyball team reported back to practice inside the dome at 5:00 p.m. while the Gladiator football players returned to the field house.

After circling the court a few times, the Ladies jogged to the newly upgraded girls weight room beneath the bleachers inside the old gym. Seniors Alyssa Richards, Paola Mata and Morgan Cockerham will lead a Lady Gladiator squad that returns to 1A competition looking for glory.

Their new head volleyball coach Jessika Robinson and assistant coaches Tina Richards and Lindsey Coffman had both the JV and varsity girls max out on weights. After some warmup reps, the Ladies did not shy away from adding on 45s. Monserrat Figueroa raised the bar the highest with an impressive 325 lb. squat.

After maxing out in a couple of other areas, including the bench press, the squad joined the football players outside of the dome for running drills with both groups concluding an interesting day for Italy Athletics together. — Italy Family!

Go Lady Gladiators!

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