Chee Lee’s Lexington High volleyball team put together yet another outstanding season in 2008, even though the Wildcats fell short of the No. 1 objective – reaching the state finals.
The Wildcats finished with a 16-3 non-tournament record and advanced to the state semifinals for the seventh time only to lose to Wando in the Upper State championship round. Lexington is 0-7 in fourth-round outings.
“We were, of course, disappointed with the loss at Wando, but I would not say it was a disappointing season,” said Lee. “We started the season 0 –2, but managed to win many competitive matches throughout the journey.
“I’m very optimistic about this team next year. We are graduating one starter and will have a host of very experienced players back and most of them are continuing to train in the off season. Our parting message after getting back from Wando was that whatever we (the coaching staff and players) did up to this point to get ready for a chance to win the state championship apparently was not enough and we all agree that we have to do more. Hopefully, we can all accept the challenge and that our outcome will be even more memorable.
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“I realize that I am very fortunate to be apart of the Lexington High School athletic program. We have all the equipment and materials we need to run a efficient program, talented student athletes, nice facilities for competition and practice and parents, administration and coaching staff that are very supportive, especially compared to many of my peers that are not so fortunate. I am kind of embarrassed to be named the region coach of the year for the last four years. I just want to recognize that the coaches that don't have all that we have at LHS are the ones that really deserve the award.”
The 2008 starting lineup featured outside hitters Lauren Owen and Kellie Schmidt, setter Laura Grace Swindler, right side hitters Aubrey Dooley and Katie McCullough, middle hitters Jennifer Hoppe and Kaitlin Cobb and Libero Kinsley Wade.
Owen, the only senior in the group, had a fine all around campaign and earned all-region recognition along with Schmidt and Swindler. She was credited with 107 kills, 140 digs and 45 aces.
Schmidt and Swinder, who are both juniors, were the team’s all-state selections. Schmidt rang up 573 kills, 167 digs, 25 blocks and 58 aces. Swindler had 944 assists, 43 kills, 102 digs and 53 aces.
In the middle, Hoppe had 139 kills, 30 blocks, 39 digs and led the team with 75 aces at the serving line, while Cobb, a freshman, had 80 kills, a team high 43 blocks, 22 assists and 21 digs.
Dooley finished with 17 kills, 78 assists, 71 digs and 59 aces. McCullough had 96 kills, 25 assists, 43 digs, 38 blocks and 14 aces. Wade had 100 digs, 43 assists, 25 aces and 10 kills.
Otherwise, junior Metta Price had 107 kills in regular duty at the net and junior Carita Petta had 94 digs as a back row specialist.