Silver Knights To Be a Force in 2017
Although the 2017 edition of Silver Knights volleyball has no seniors, the team is certainly not without plenty of talent. The Knights lost three quality players from last year to graduation but have five juniors back who have the experience to lead the Knights back to Charleston.
Lost from graduation were three All-Staters, Abbie Fletcher who was one of the top hitters in the state with over a 1000 kills in her career, Madison West who was considered to be a Division 1 prospect at one point from the libero, and Macy Long who coach Summers said was one of the top five setters in the state.
“That’s a lot of talent gone, but the young kids have stepped up. We may struggle a bit early with our schedule but come November they will be a very good team,” said Coach Richard Summers.
The Knights just concluded the best camp that coach Summers feels they have ever had. “The girls were focused and the team chemistry was excellent, I hope that sets the tone for the year, “he added.
Coach Summers said he is excited about this season and beyond. He said there were several eighth graders at the camp this summer and the future of Knights volleyball looks good for many years.
“One of the keys for our season this year will be the leadership that will come from our six juniors. It is early but they have shown great leadership and I believe that is going to continue throughout the season, ” stated Summers. “This year is no different than the previous 17, I believe if you put good kids in your program, work hard, and play a tough schedule then you will have a good chance for success come the post season.”
Speaking of Juniors, they will be the leaders of this team, they are a year or two ahead of pace in experience. JoLee Walton has separated herself at the setter position and is a great floor leader who does everything asked of her and never questions why. Cora Grimm and Peyton Kocher are running neck and neck for the libero position and both look really good. Josey Jones and Emily Lancaster played club ball all winter against great teams and have really elevated their game. Alexa Johnson has a chance to be an excellent middle player this year. Those six juniors are the core of a team loaded with returning letterman who will provide ample support. Several freshmen have shown great promise.
“As always our goals are to win our conference and advance in the post season to the state tournament. We have the talent to do that, these girls are focused and willing to work to achieve success, we are young and have no seniors but we have a wealth of experience and hard workers, I am very proud of the work ethic of each one of these kids, the younger kids see it and it trickles down to them, ” said Coach Summers.