Lady Wildcats are ready for ‘14 season
Ready to start the 2014 season with renewed excitement, the Paden City High School volleyball team will depend heavily on three solid seniors and a freshman setter to lead them.
Last year the ‘Cats lost only one senior, Myah Charkawi to graduation, and return everyone, except freshmen, with experience.
Paden City won the Mason Dixon tournament and made it to the Regionals last season and look to do even better this season.
Seniors Graeson Baker, Haley Hizer and Megan Pierce all return to the Lady Wildcat line-up, each with four years of real game experience.
Pierce returns with sure aim and a good shot from an outside vantage point; Hizer returns as a middle hitter with excellent blocking skills; and Baker will back up the starting setter and be counted on for her outside hitting and excellent service at the line.
Freshman Aubrey Neff will serve as the starting setter for the ‘Cats, a decision made very early on, according to head coach of the team, Fred King.
“She has a good instinct for the ball and we wanted to utilize Taylor Cosper as our libero, so it was an easy decision. Aubrey does a good job in the position and I think she can help our team the most from there.”
Cosper, a junior, will be the teams all around player and defender. “Taylor is as good as anybody anywhere, and she will make a difference on this team as the libero,” King said. “She has excellent skills and is a natural athlete.”
Juniors Cydney Blatt and Deziraee Middleton also return to the team with experience. Blatt will no doubt return to the court with even more power and a better aim than last year, while Middleton will continue as a middle hitter with more assertiveness than last year.
Sophomores on the team will include: Kallie Arnett, Chelsea Baker, Madison Kelly and Abby Still, all showing promise; and freshmen Jenna Arnett, Jenna Ferrebee, Katrina Heasley, Kameron McClain and Malayna Price.
“We have a good group of kids that want to play and want to do well,” the coach said. “Assistant coach Jeff Bowers and I want them to be competitive and good, not necessarily nice on the court. Nice kids don’t have that competitive edge. We have a decent volleyball team that I believe will do good things this year.”
Paden City will kick off their season on Sept. 4 at home when they host St. John and Valley.