This year’s Lady Seahawk volleyball squads were selected on July 31. Since then, the girls have been practicing every weekday after school, to prepare for this year’s season of double-headers and district games.
“Practices are going great, and I have high hopes this season,” said Coach Tara Klink.
There are a lot of new additions to both teams this year. “Varsity’s looking better than last year,” she said. “We have nine seniors plus a couple of girls who did not play their junior year and are back.”
On the middle school side, to streamline schedules and transportation, there is only one team, instead of an “A” and “B” team this year.
“We had too many kids funneling in from middle school and getting cut in high school,” said Klink. “It was a smart move to scale down.”
The team also had last-minute coaching changes. First year teacher Gracyn Kirvin will take over the middle school team from Katie Lacour, and Hayden Warren is the assistant coach to the JV and varsity teams. Sharon Anderson will serve as assistant and help with administrative duties for all teams.
Last year, 47 volleyball players were scattered throughout the many teams. This year, 39 will fill the rosters.
The varsity squad is made up of seniors Tanaya Harris and Casey Riley, both captains, as well as senior Chloe Davis, senior Jazmyne Farmer, senior Alexus Johnson, senior Sophia Kirvin, senior Peyton Millender, senior Beyla Walker, junior Rosie Davis, junior Sophia Robertson, sophomore Tiauna Benjamin, freshman Brooklyn O’Neal, freshman transfer student Jahneese Brathwaite and ABC eighth grader Kylah Ross.
Junior varsity players include sophomores Abby Johnson and Camille Davis, both captains, as well as sophomores Kelsey Griffin, Matty Livingood, Maliah Lockley, Destanie Proctor and Alaina Wilson; and freshmen Meredith Alford, Ariel Andrews, Sage Brannan, and Myia Maxwell.
Middle school members are, eighth graders Grace Adair, Samantha Anderson, Lucy Edwards, Marissa Gilbert, and Autumn Loesch, seventh graders Hannah Grace Abel, Alexia McNair, Kayleigh Messer, and Emily Patterson; sixth graders Madison Millender and Sarah Ham, and ABC students Jostyn Tipton, Maleah Bell and Jazmyn Pavon,
The varsity team opens on an away game at Jefferson Somerset Academy at 6 p.m. this Monday, August 20. Both the middle school, and JV schedules, start on Aug. 21.