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The TAVC gives Bellaire's Emily Hawes recognition on the 2018 watch list

The TAVC gives Bellaire's Emily Hawes recognition on the 2018 watch list
Being placed on the watch list is very deserving for Hawes as she's stepping into the leadership role for the Lady Cards this year. Photo courtesy of Vype

This article originally appeared on Vype.

The anticipation continues to grow for Bellaire’s Volleyball Team.

The ladies are coming into the season as the four-time district champs and just when you thought they couldn’t get any better they added John Turner to their coaching staff.

That’s right, THE John Turner, the one who has 806 career wins and has the biggest volleyball tournament in Texas named after him.

Turner joining the team is a good enough reason by itself to be excited watching the Lady Cards take the floor this season, but the other reason to get excited for Bellaire Volleyball is because of Emily Hawes.

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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