Six Seniors to Lead Wildcats Volleyball
Coach Fred King who recently retired as a full time teacher and athletic director at Paden City High School may have made a wise decision by hanging on to his volleyball club. King has had some impressive seasons in the past several years winning the OVAC Clas A title twice and finishing as runner ups a few more.
However one thing he has this season that he has lacked in previous years is senior leadership and size. Back from last years Ovac runner ups team are six veteran senior players who can all contribute at any time for the Wildcats.
The Cat’s will open their season on the home courtAugust 31, with a Tri-Match against Bellare St. Johns and Valley. Paden City looks to be an exciting team to watch with 10 players making the roster, including three freshman and one sophomore who could all have an immediate impact for coach Kings club.
The six seniors on the squad are led by Aubrey Neff a three year letter winner and co-captain. She is a returning OCAV player of the year in Class A and a first team All-Valley selection, Addeding to that she was chosen first team OVAC, first team Mason Dixon and honorable mention All-State.
“I expect Aubrey to take charge on the floor and keep things stable when times get tough. Her Setting has improved so much over the past season and has even gotten better this past summer. She sees the floor very well and makes the appropriate plays. I have confidence that Aubrey will help our team meet the challenges and help our team elevate to the next level of expectations which include the goals we have set as a team,” coach King said.
Mayayna Price a two year letter winner and co-captain was also a first team All-OVAC and Mason Dixon selection she will be returning as the libero for the third consectutive year. Coach King said she is a go-getter who dives on the floor for the loose balls and always inspires the others to hustle, dig balls and hates to lose.
“With Malayna and Aubrey leading this team, I believe we will have a rewarding season that we will all be very pround of,” added King.
Jenna Ferrebee, another two year letter winner is back as an outside hitter, coach King said he is expecting her to be one of our primary scorers with her hitting and her serve. He said her timing on her spikes has improved as has her scoring. “She always has a strong delivery, and now is becoming a force to deal with. If Jenna continues to improve at the rate she has this summer, we will be a hard team to defeat, ” said King.
Katrina Heasley, a two year letter winner as well will also be a valuable player for the Wildcats. She will be an outside hitter and defensive specialist. Katrina is a very strong agressive player and has aquired better decision making sills this summerwhen it comes to her hitting. When shes on, it’s lights out.
“I have the confidence Katrina that she will be a strong force on the outside. She is also a very capable on defense and has become a very accurate passer from the back row. I am confident Katrina will have a tremendous senior season,” stated coach King.
The other two seniors Kameron McClain and Jenna Arnett are both one year letter winners who coach King sees as valuable to the team in several ways. He say’s Kami is the most improved player, form last season to now, than anyone on the team.
“I am very happy for Kameron because it would have been very easy for her to give up and accept things the way they were, but instead she has taken the challenge, worked on her game and really elevated to a level that will enable this team to reach it’s lofty goals. I’m confident Kameron will do some very special things for this team, ” said King.
“Jenna, is getting better and when she times it right, it is pretty to watch, “said King. He said she will be an out side hitter and being left handed, she has a really nice serve. “Teams seem to have difficulty with returning her serves.”
If needed Jenna, can play the back row as well and when positioned correctly she can deliver some really nice passes to the front. Coach King said he has confidence that Jenna will do some good things for the team.
The Wildcats have three frehmen from last years undefeated eighth grade team whom will be counted on heavily to help the Cat’s be the winning team they ecpect to be and to reach their goals. Mallory Yeater comes to the team with a lot of God given talent and athleticism. Volleyball has been a huge part of her life growing up. Her skill level far exceeds the average freshman player. She has spent years playing club ball which has positioned her to step into a starting role on the varsity team.
Another fresman Hope Weber has also earned a starting role on the varsity. She is a powerful force in the middle for the team and like Maloory her level of talent far exceeds that of most younger players. Her stature, her athleticism and her intensity gives her what she needs to be an immediate success. Her net play is superb, as is her decision making. She also has that club ball experience.
Maggie Still is the other freshman who will see lots of playing time. She possesses a tremendous amount of speed, coordination, great footwork, tenacity and athleticism. She is positioning herself to be a middle hitter and is a real go-getter with great hustle. She also has demonstrated the ability to be a back row player.
Cora Anderson the lone sophomore on the varsity will be vying for playing time as a middle hitter at this point. “I have the confidence that Cora will step in when called upon and perform well,” said King.
Playing primarily JV for the Wildcats will be Sophomores: Savannah Price, Abbie Stackpole, Isabella Beverlin, and Loren Little. Junior: Kiera Daugherty, and Freshman: Kelsey Michael and Emma Brown.