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Smithson Valley junior Jaci Mesa returns for the Lady Rangers in 2020 to anchor the back row from her libero position. Mesa was a 2019 all-district honorable mention selection.

SPRING BRANCH — During its lengthy layoff, the Smithson Valley volleyball team proved that social distancing doesn’t have to mean cutting off lines of communication.

Fourth-year Lady Rangers head coach Courtney Patton said her players took the initiative to stay in contact with one another throughout the spring and summer. As a result, she thinks Smithson Valley may have a slight edge heading into the 2020 season.

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