RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) - Volleyball is a sport that's growing quickly in Mississippi.
Several area high schools have added the sport. Itawamba Community College has started a program, and so has Blue Mountain College.
The Toppers are led by Reid Gann, who had a successful run as head volleyball coach at New Albany High School.
"They (the players) are working really hard in practice," Gann said. "They understand we've gotta keep getting better, and I think that they will continue to gel and get better as the season goes along."
Blue Mountain doesn't have a home court as of yet, so the Toppers are playing and practicing at nearby Ripley High School.
The roster consists mainly of freshmen and transfers from other schools.
"This is the hardest working group of girls I've ever played with," said junior setter Lainey Jackson. "Coach pushes us hard, and no one complains, everyone keeps the hustle and keeps up the hard work every single day, so I think as long as we keep that up, we'll keep improving."
"I think we'll have a lot of time to build as a team, a lot of hard work will go into it, and we'll have a long time to know each other, and learn each other, as we learn this sport together," said freshman libero Grace Gray.
The Toppers have played a couple of exhibition scrimmages, and they'll open their first season this coming weekend at a tournament in Bowling Green, Kentucky.