Chiefland volleyballers look to strike back

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By Claude Lewis

The 2007 Chiefland High volleyball team turned a mediocre season into a good one in one night in October, as the Lady Indians won two matches to finish runnerup in the district and earn a regional berth.

Chiefland finished with a final record of 11-12 -the final loss to Taylor-Pierson in the regional quarterfinals.

The Lady Indians lost some key seniors from that team ?Amye Grieves, Brittany Arrington and Cassie Labat to name a few.

But coach Emily Gore has a mixture she hopes will be competitive in this year's Class 3A District 5 wars.

"There's not as much experience as last year, but I think the team chemistry is better," she said.

Which can mean a lot in volleyball.

There are five seniors on this year's team -three which saw significant playing time last year.

Those three are Shelbie Hastings, Brittany Davis and Jessica Steed.

SHELBIE HASTINGS - A strong hitter who is also a smart player, according to Gore. The outside hitter-wing also plays a good all-around game. One of the tri-captains.

BRITTANY DAVIS -One of the team leaders. Davis will be counted on for putdowns on the front line. Team needs her to also block. Also a captain.

JESSICA STEED -Gore said she could have a breakout season. Can play all over the floor.

KAYLA BRASWELL -A senior who is a defensive specialist. Dives all over the floor.

RENAISHA BOWERS -A senior who can play on the right or left side. A good server.

There are also five juniors on the team. Not any varsity experience.

KAYLEE ECKER -The Lady Indians'libero. She was voted as one of the tri-captains. Played junior varsity last year. Also can set.

HAYLEY MILLER -Can play right or left side. A tough server, coach Gore says her game is much improved.

KRYSTEN JOHNSON -A back row specialist.

CHARISSA MORRIS -Has good size. Will be counted on in the middle for kills and blocking. Also a great server.

SHARNESE ROME-Can play all over.

There is one sophomore.

MADDIE RUTKOWSKI -A tall right sider who has a lot of potential. A strong hitter.

There is one freshman.

TAYLORE FULLER -The starting setter as a freshman. Great hands. Smart. Very competitive. Has potential to be a great one, according to Gore.

As far as the district race goes, there is P.K. Yonge and then everybody else.

Gore is hoping to finish second again in the six-school district.

Other foes include Williston, Dixie, Fort White and Newberry.