Last updated: August 14. 2013 10:37PM - 1027 Views
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File photo | Jefferson PostJunior Abby Lopp (left) will be one of Ashe's key players at the net.
File photo | Jefferson PostJunior Abby Lopp (left) will be one of Ashe's key players at the net.
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Ashe County’s volleyball team, led by five senior players and a good group of talented underclassmen, will hit the court on Monday for the regular season opener at Watauga.


“Myself and the players are really excited about this season,” said Head Coach Lindsey Williams. “Some of the girls worked really hard over the summer attending camps at App State, UNC and N.C. State.”


The players also took part in a two-day camp at ACHS hosted by Catawba College Head Coach Ginger Hamric, another important step during the summer to get the Lady Huskies prepared.


This year’s varsity squad has five seniors, five juniors and a pair of talented freshmen, including Lynsey Aldridge who will be the starting libero. Aldridge brings lots of athleticism and a strong serve to the court.


Junior Abby Lopp, senior Sloan Elliott and senior Elaina Bassett will be counted on to patrol the net scoring points and blocking shots.


Coach Williams praised Elliott for her well-rounded skills she has shown throughout her career. Elliott will be one of the top outside hitters for the team and is a very strong passer and server. Combine all of that with her experience, and she will most certainly be one of the team leaders.


The Lady Huskies struggled at times last year, but Coach Williams feels like all of the necessary parts and pieces are there for success.


“We have all the factors needed to be more competitive this year. Height, athleticism, another year of experience and good attitudes,” said Williams. “I really feel like the program is improving.”


Ashe opens the year with four non-conference games before the first Mountain Valley Athletic Conference match on Aug. 29 at Alleghany.


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