WEST JEFFERSON — A new face will be on the sidelines this season guiding the Ashe County Lady Husky volleyball team.
Tania Rollins, wife of track and field coach Alex Rollins, will take over a program trying to rebuild after a rough 1-18 overall record last season.
Rollins is in her 13th year as a teacher in Ashe County, but had plenty of coaching and teaching experience before landing in North Carolina. She taught and coached in Virginia and Florida and has had experience coaching basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball.
Rollins played volleyball at Appalachian State as a defensive specialist/setter and was a setter on her high school team all four years.
This year’s varsity Lady Husky team will have just one returning senior, Abby Miller. Miller is an outside hitter with a great serve and is one of the two co-captains on the team along with junior libero, Lynsey Aldridge.
Aldridge has started since her freshman season and her great defensive skills and serve will be highly relied upon this season.
Overall, Ashe has one senior, seven juniors, one sophomore and two freshman on the varsity team.
“With a blend of veterans and young players, this year will continue to be a building year and our hope is that we improve with every game and play competitively against every opponent,” said Coach Rollins.
The team has set a goal of at least seven wins for this season, which would surpass the win totals of the last two years combined. It may seem like a tall task, but the hard work is well underway in practice. The regular season begins this week.
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