Thursday, September 19, 2013
The North Augusta High School varsity volleyball team is continuing its hot start.
The Jackets moved to 6-0 on the young season after wins this past week against Georgia foes Grovetown and Greenbrier.
“We have a big week coming up,” head coach Lindsay Tucker said, emphasizing the word ‘big.’ “Lexington at home on Tuesday. White Knoll away on Thursday and then a tournament this weekend at Nation Ford High School in Fort Mill. We will be facing some really tough competition this week and will have to play at the top of our game.”
Going through an entire season undefeated in any sport is rare. Though Tucker knows her team is likely to drop a game at some point, she knows that their play so far has really boosted their confidence.
“We know that our preseason competition is not as tough as region play, but it does give us a little boost of confidence going into region play undefeated,” she said. “It gives the girls something to work a little harder for.”
When asked about players who have been cornerstones in the team’s run, Tucker pointed out Ndidi Okafor and Cydney Mathews in the middle, Desmonet Wilson at outside hitter, and Alli Bell at setter.
Even though her team has come out of the gates, firing on all cylinders, Tucker has found some things to work on.
“We are working on defense,” she said. “Our region has some really great front line players, and we have to be ready for anything and everything.”
Though no team wants to peak this early in the year, Tucker feels as though the Jackets’ best volleyball is ahead of them.
“Definitely, we are improving in every game, and I only expect that to continue throughout the season,” she said.
All games are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. with JV play.
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.