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With a new head coach, Bingham volleyball will play all of their games away from home to start the season

Sep 11, 2023 12:47PM ● By Brian Shaw

This summer, a new head coach welcomed the Bingham girls volleyball team. 

“We have a positive outlook going into this season,” new Bingham head volleyball coach Reed Carlson said. 

Any time a new head coach takes over a team there are bound to be some changes. 

Take the offseason. For years, the Miners have always held their tryouts inside The Pit. It’s been a fortress over the years for Bingham, and so there’s a level of comfort the Miners feel when they play there. 

But this year, construction at the high school has forced the new coach Carlson to hold team tryouts elsewhere. A 30-minute drive from Bingham in North Salt Lake, Club V North was chosen as the site for tryouts. 

Held July 31-Aug. 1, each hopeful checked in an hour before the first day of tryouts and then went through three hours of evaluations apiece over a two-day period. 

After about three weeks of preparation, the Miners began their 2023-24 season at Syracuse, Aug. 22. 

Bingham then played at Brighton and at Pleasant Grove on Aug. 24 and 25. 

The Miners then continued their preseason at Davis on Aug. 29. 

By the time you read this, Bingham will have had to play its first four matches on the road. But Carlson said they’re handling it well. 

“It’s been great.  They are extremely focused,” Carlson said. “We have all agreed that playing more away matches [early on] will strengthen our mentality.”

Bingham is currently scheduled to open Region 2 action on Sept. 12 at home in the new and improved Pit against Mountain Ridge, who rejoins the new league along with Corner Canyon. Riverton, Herriman and Copper Hills will make up the 6-team realigned Region 2 for volleyball this season. 

As the preseason rolls on, Carlson said the hope is to get better and make the best of every day by the time the Miners are able to come back home.  

“We have a positive outlook going into this season. I’m hoping to see improvement in our system of play, using speed in our offense to give our hitters an advantage of space and discipline in our defense to cover more space.  

Going into our first tournament in early September I expect our connection and chemistry to increase significantly.” λ