Lady Wildcats face tough road
The Polk County Lady Wildcat volleyball team has good reason for optimism for the upcoming season. Coach Danny Rogers’ varsity team returns 4 seniors from last year’s team which ended the season with 23 wins against only 2 losses, the District 5-AA championship, and their fourth straight trip to the Region 3-AA tournament.
“The talent is certainly there for us to achieve some really good things this year.”, Coach Rogers stated. “We have some really good players back from last year including seniors Brittany Rymer, Erin Fretwell, Ashley Jones, and Catie Hughes. And we also have some proven performers among our under classmen, such as junior Emily Bates and sophomore Cecilia Waldroup. Add to that 2 very promising freshmen, Aubrie Bowman and Riley Moats, and I feel we can be competitive with just about anybody we play. I think we are capable accomplishing even more than last year’s team accomplished and going even further.” Another reason for optimism in the Polk volleyball camp is the addition of Sarah Jones as assistant varsity coach and JV coach. “Sarah played volleyball at Bradley and Hiwassee College and has a tremendous knowledge of the game. I think her presence will be a big difference in how our season plays out.”
Polk has also done well in their pre-season scrimmages, having won 1 of 2 regular scrimmages, winning both matches in the District 5-AA jamboree, and having performed well in last Saturday’s play day in South Pittsburg, winning 7 of 8 sets. The varsity squad also includes sophomores Beth Wilson and Katrina Brackett who will for the most part be manning the stat charts.
But the road that will take the Lady Wildcats to those greater accomplishments in the regular season and tournaments, is a tough road. “It is an imposing road for several reasons.” Coach Rogers commented. “We start the season with a trip to Bradley Central on August 19th, and then we have to face them again at the end of the first week in the Bradley Bash tournament, along with teams like Dalton, Chattanooga Central, and William Blount. Rivals McMinn County and Tellico are also on our schedule and are always big hurdles. I also noticed in our District Jamboree that teams in our district like McMinn Central and Sequoyah have greatly improved and will offer a big challenge to us in the district. And we are facing Central on our home floor right off the bat on August 20th. We are definitely going to have a bulls-eye in our back this year in district play so every night we are going to have to leave it all on the court if we hope to repeat as district champions.”
Rounding out the Polk volleyball squad are junior varsity players Beth Wilson, Hannah Withrow, Katrina Brackett, Aubrie Bowman, Cecilia Waldroup, Emily Bates, Lauren Stone, Mallorie Brock, Morgan Frank, Raleigh Woodman, Riley Moats, and Julie Pike.
Rogers ended this interview by calling for fan support at home matches. “We need people to come out and support us. The admission charge for our matches is only $3 and that usually includes both a JV and varsity match. I believe that if people will come out and watch a volleyball match they will discover what an exciting and entertaining sport it is and they will be back.”
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