WEST JEFFERSON — There are not many times a varsity sports program can bring back an entire team from the previous season. For the Lady Husky volleyball team, that is exactly the situation.
Ashe County brings back 11 players from last season that will make up the entire varsity squad.
Senior outside hitter Lynsey Aldridge has been on varsity since her freshman year and will be one of the team leaders for this year’s squad. Aldridge along with sophomores Rayna Blevins and Bella Potter are the players who will “makes things happen” according to head coach Tania Rollins.
Senior Haley Phipps and Lyndsi Goodman are the top setters and are important in the serving game as well.
“Both are very tough servers who like to mix things up on serves and keep the other team guessing,” said Rollins.
At the net, Gianna Federico and Mattie Joines are both impressive with their blocks and hits from the middle. On the right side, seniors Molly Shelton and Corinne Jones have a knack for finding holes in the opposing team’s defense.
“This team is moving in the right direction hoping to capitalize on some momentum from last year’s five wins and compete strongly against the top of the conference,” Rollins said.
Ashe has set some goals for the team to reach: Finish in the top four in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference, win in three sets over teams they beat last year or were close to winning against last year and create a positive perception of the volleyball program through promotion and team spirit.
On the JV team, the Lady Huskies have seven players returning to go with five freshman. They will try to get their offense from sophomores Cori Richardson, Marley Eller, Lauren Robinson and Emma Shepherd as well as some solid play from freshmen Jordan Lewis, Kacey Spencer and Abby Aldridge.
Volleyball season begins on Monday with a home match against East Surry and a home match with Avery County on Wednesday.
Volleyball Players of the Week
Each week, head coach Tania Rollins will choose the top players for that previous week of competition.
Varsity – Seniors Haley Phipps and Gianna Federico. Phipps had a 96 percent serving percentage with three aces at Catawba College. She had an 86 percent hitting percentage on the day with seven kills and as a setter 20 assists for kills. Federico also had an 86 percent hitting percentage with five kills, six block stuffs, and 10 block attempts on the day.
JV- Sophomores Lauren Robinson and Marley Eller and Freshman Abby Aldridge. Between the Alexander Central and Catawba College scrimmages, these girls gave solid performances in their serving with 24 serving aces between them. Robinson led the team in block stuffs and block attempts, while Aldridge contributed to our offense with 12 kills.
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