By Rodrick Jones and Marcus Stroman, Sports Writers
With an overall record of 14-7, the Lady Raider volleyball team had an above-average season. Senior All-Star Jasmine Haggins has led the way, despite her absence on the court half of the season due to a concussion. The volleyball team is young but pretty strong.
“We’ve improved from last year. We tend to do better each year; by my 12th grade year, I see us in State,” Sophomore Le’on Hill said.
Senior Captains Haggins and Tasia Whitman both lit up the stat sheet in all categories. Whitman was in the top two in digs, with 122. She also had 42 aces, 53 kills and a 0.112 hitting percentage. Although Haggins missed nearly half the season, she still accounted for 62 kills and 76 digs, being in the top three in both categories. Haggins also was selected to play in the 2A/1A All-Star game in Greenville on November 21.
“It feels great to be the only one in our region that was selected to play in the All-Star game, and I look[ed] forward to playing on the 21st,” Haggins said.
Those two seniors are the only people the team loses next year.
“By only losing two seniors, we should hopefully get to the next round and win our region,” Coach Anita Mobley said.
The players feel it would be possible but work would be needed. There are high expectations for the team, Mobley said. The Lady Raider volleyball team will be stacked next year. With the experience and dedication, and outstanding season is ahead.
“We all started together; [the] only way to go is up,” Sophomore Jana Praileau said.