Lady Predators ready to bump up
Fox Creek High School’s volleyball team has proved to be a dominant force in Class A.
Last year, the Lady Predators ran through Region 4-A with a perfect 12-0 record. The team was 28-3 in the regular season and finished second in the final State Coaches Poll with a 31-4 record overall. Two years in a row, the team has fallen to St. Joseph’s in the state semifinals – a team that is now the back-to-back defending state champions.
“Expectations are always high at Fox Creek High School and so is the level of play. We expect a lot from our returning starters,” head coach Clay Bryant said. “Two players have started since they were freshmen – Morgan Williams is a senior middle blocker and hitter, and Kaley Turner is a junior middle blocker and hitter. These two players are the captains on this year’s team. Their leadership will be needed for us to have a successful season. They are both very smart players with great court awareness and athleticism.”
Bryant also pointed to a trio of juniors he said he’s expecting big things from. Rachel Bass is an outside hitter, Caroline Yano is a setter and right side hitter, and Rachel Simmons is an outside hitter.
Heather Bowden, Logan Smith, Katie Pfinnig, Olivia Floyd, Olivia Paradis and Ashley Roberts all have made the jump to varsity.
“My goal as a coach is to teach young ladies concepts through the sport of volleyball that will help them succeed in all they do in life,” Bryant said. “On court, we teach them to be a family and play together as a team. As coaches, we teach our players to play every point as well as possible and let the outcome be decided by their best performance. Our team goal is always the same. A state championship game will be played in our classification at the end of the season. Our goal is to play in and win that game.”
Bryant said that this year’s team has the potential to “be one of the best teams ever” at the school.
“I am very proud of the student athletes that we have on the Fox Creek High School volleyball team,” Bryant said. “We have great volleyball players with high grade point averages. They are an amazing group of young ladies. They make me excited about our future because of their success in all that they do.”
The Predators have a match that was to have happened at Lakeside High School that also includes North Augusta on Wednesday. The team also had matches against Aquinas and Evans at Sweetwater Baptist Church on Thursday.
The team will play Greenbrier at home on Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. with JV playing first, on the road at Aquinas on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. and in a tournament at Augusta Prep on Sept. 13 and 14.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.