Midlands volleyball previews

August 27, 2012 

DUTCH FORK

2011 record: 7-5 in Region 4-4A, lost 2nd round of the state playoffs.

2012 Region 5-4A: Aiken, Dutch Fork, Lexington, North Augusta, South Aiken, White Knoll.

Returning starters: Hannah Jefferson, Sr., outside hitter; Selina Bell, r., outside hitter; Jessie Roberts, Sr., middle hitter-blocker; Michaela Sanford, Jr., middle hitter-blocker; Cheyenne Hood, Jr., setter; Jhi Piper-Murles, Soph., Libero.

LEXINGTON

2011 record: 7-3 in Region 5-4A, lost 2nd round of the state playoffs.

2012 Region 5-4A: Aiken, Dutch Fork, Lexington, North Augusta, South Aiken, White Knoll.

Returning starters: Josie Newton, Sr., middle hitter-blocker; Megan Brack, Jr., outside hitter; Lexie Safford, Sr., defense specialist.

Newcomers to watch: Laina Carnes, Soph., setter/outside hitter.

From coach Kerri Carnes: We lost seven seniors from last year and we have three sophomores and one freshman on the 2012 team. The girls are pushing each other while they are competing for positions. We should put up solid performances and compete.

LUGOFF-ELGIN

2011 record: 9-3 in Region 4-4A, lost in 2nd round of state playoffs.

2012 Region 4-4A: Blythewood, Irmo, Lugoff-Elgin, Richland Northeast, Ridge View, Spring Valley.

Returning starters: Megan Kirkland, Sr., Libero; Taylor Rawl, Jr., outside hitter; Sarah Cashion, Soph., outside hitter; Allison Hyman, Jr., middle hitter-blocker; Hannah Cole, Jr., middle hitter-blocker; Isabella McElveen, Sr., outside hitter; Kayla Carraway, Jr., outside hitter; Kayle Cook, Sr., outside hitter; Lindsey Marshall, Sr., setter; Kristen Jeffers, Sr., setter.

Newcomers to watch: Taylor Mullins, Jr., setter.

SPRING VALLEY

2011 record: 23-12-1 overall, 10-2 in Region 4-4A, lost 2nd round of the state playoffs.

2012 Region 4-4A: Blythewood, Irmo, Lugoff-Elgin, Richland Northeast, Ridge View, Spring Valley.

Returning starters: Katlyn McDaniel, Sr., middle hitter-blocker; Tatyana Gibbs, Sr., outside hitter; Alexis Rudnik, Jr., outside hitter/Libero; Alexis Ware, Jr., setter; Madeline Mazoue, Soph., middle hitter-blocker.

From coach Deanna Rudnik: The goals are to show commitment, trust, play hard, have fun and play teams one point at a time for a win.

AIRPORT

2011 record: 15-3 overall, 11-1 in Region 5-3A, lost 2nd round of the state playoffs.

2012 Region 5-3A: Airport, Brookland-Cayce, Gilbert, Midland Valley, Strom Thurmond, Swansea.

Returning starters: Jordan Kodek Sr., outside hitter; Breanna Hampton, Jr., middle hitter-blocker; Chelsea Gary, Sr., outside hitter; Destiny Jackson, Sr., Libero.

Newcomer to watch: Sophia Perkins, Soph., setter.

BROOKLAND-CAYCE

2011 record: 6-6 in Region 5-3A, lost 1st round of the state playoffs.

2012 Region 5-3A: Airport, Brookland-Cayce, Gilbert, Midland Valley, Strom Thurmond, Swansea.

Returning starters: Sara Henderson, Sr., setter; Megan Sease, Soph., middle hitter-blocker; Kara Stockes, Sr., Libero/middle hitter-blocker; Chelsea Cockrell, Sr., outside hitter.

Newcomers to watch: Sydney Diaz, Fr., outside hitter; Aleesa Venable, Sr., middle hitter-blocker.

From coach Becca Burriss: We have a very young team. This is very exciting for us as we look to the future Our team is meshing well together and we are developing strength both physically on the court as players, and off the court as teammates and friends. We have strong leadership from our upperclassmen, which is laying a firm foundation for our newcomers to build on.”

CAMDEN

2011 record: 28-4 overall, 10-0 in Region 6-3A, lost in Lower State final.

2012 Region Region 4-3A: A.C. Flora, Camden, Chapin, Dreher, Lower Richland, Westwood.

Returning starters: Maggie Speaks, Sr., outside hitter-setter; Lindsey Cobb, Sr., outside hitter; Danielle Case, Sr., middle hitter-blocker; Brooke Maxwell, Sr., outside hitter; Adry Joseph, Sr., outside hitter; Morgan Wilson, Soph., defensive specialist; Michaela Taylor, Soph., middle hitter-blocker.

Newcomers to watch: Owens Morgan, Jr., outside hitter, Kaitlyn Riley, Jr., setter.

CHAPIN

2011 record: 18-6 overall, 12-1 in Region 5-3A, lost 3rd round of the state playoffs.

2012 Region Region 4-3A: A.C. Flora, Camden, Chapin, Dreher, Lower Richland, Westwood.

Returning starters: Sara Jefferson, Sr., outside hitter; Becca Barton, Jr., outside hitter; Jasmine Flowers, Jr., middle hitter-blocker; Brooke Clifton, Jr., middle hitter-blocker; Katie Lass, Soph., setter/outside hitter.

Newcomers to watch: Kathryn Hughes, Fr., outside hitter; Megan Jefferson, Fr., setter.

From coach Mary Jo Jenny: We have a great group of returning players. Our strength will be our hitting and our defense. This group has the talent to go deep in the playoffs. Leadership and team chemistry are a must with this group.

WESTWOOD

2011 record: New school.

2012 Region Region 4-3A: A.C. Flora, Camden, Chapin, Dreher, Lower Richland, Westwood.

Players to watch: Jordan Jones, Soph., setter/outside hitter; Jasmyne English, Jr., outside hitter; Jada Daniels, Sr., Libero; Jamila Minor, Soph., outside hitter; Kelsey Keesee, Soph., middle hitter-blocker; Ajia Long, oph., middle hitter-blocler; Taylor Grant, Soph., outside hitter.

From coach Amanda Kruysman: We anticipate a strong first season and have set our sights on competing for a state championship.

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