Philomath High's volleyball team lost in four sets Thursday to open the season and although it's never fun to lose, it hopefully served as a learning experience for the program as it moves forward.
First-year coach Denee Newton mentioned more than once during a preseason interview that the players have embraced a certain philosophy that she teaches.
"Absorb, change and grow — I couldn't ask for anything else," she said.
Newton complimented her student-athletes for their dedication and willingness to accept that change.
"You don't really see that in an entire program," Newton said. "The least coachable kid in the gym is a kid with maybe some insecurities, but really, I don't think there's one athlete in here that doesn't say, 'yes coach.'"