By the time you read this article, the Las Animas Trojans volleyball team will be well underway in their pre-season practices.

The Colorado High School Activities Association dictates the first day for required fall practice to be Aug. 12, but Coaches Arron Warren and Karlee Stuart worked hard with the ladies before then, in open gym action.

Coming off some early success at the Western State camp in Gunnison, Warren is excited to teach his newbies and develop the upperclassmen into a team that will “Leave the team better than [they] found it,” a mantra he has repeated many times a week in practice.

This years’ senior group includes Julyana and Madison Gonzales, Dannel Elmore, Shakira Gallegos and Allyana Magana.

Warren said he is excited to teach the team members to reclaim the culture of success of the Las Animas volleyball program.

The Lady Trojans kick off their home season Aug. 22 against South Baca. Game time is 5 p.m.