Lady Pacer volleyball starts season tonight at home

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The Switzerland County High School volleyball team is ready for its season to begin tonight (Thursday), at 6 p.m. with a home game.

“The team is a young team, it will be a good year for building,” head coach Michelle Brett said. “Each girl who has returned has improved since last year. Our goal this year will be to improve the team even more and to win more games.”

So far there are 24 girls participating in practice. Starting lineups may be different each game due to the numbers they have. The girls on the team are full of enthusiasm and are mentally ready to play.

Coach Brett feels this year will be much easier than last year with a year of experience under her now. She said she feels she now has the girls’ respect and wants to build the program up. She would like the girls to represent this sport with pride.

There will be three seniors this year: Kayla Konkle, who is a setter, shows great leadership skills and will be a great leader for the team. Brittany Hall is a strong player who works hard. Jennifer South has stepped up this year and will be playing more. The seniors get along well and will set a good example for the team.

Juniors returning from last year include: Courtney Cole, Melisa Raisor, Rachel Rodgers and Tanya Sefton.

Seven sophomores will be returning: Laci Daugherty, Jenna Daugherty, Christina Ahaus, Katie Rayls, Bridget Washnock, Rachel Tressler and Kelsi South.

The numbers have increased with 12 freshmen joining the squad.

“I’m excited about the freshman we have,” jayvee coach Lisa McGarvey said. “It would be so exciting to work with that many girls for four years.”

The team will have Ashley Bovard as a full time manager on the team. Kara and Eileen Maxwell will be managers helping the team out at home games.