’Cats Ready for Volleyball
Paden City Volleyball will take on a different look this season as Jennifer Yeater replaces Fred King as coach. King, who retired at the end of last season to spend more time with family, did not leave the cupboard bare. In fact, the top two players are returning, and several others will be back to give the Wildcats a strong front line and some overall skill. Serving may be one of their strong points to go along with good setting and hard hitting.
“We are only returning two starters, but we still look to have a promising year and produce some exciting volleyball for Wildcat fans to watch. Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber, who are just sophomores, look to lead the team to another successful season. As freshman last year they were the key to the team’s success,” said Coach Yeater.
The Wildcats have been in the hunt for the OVAC Class A title the past several years, and this looks like it could be another one of those seasons where they could end up back in the finals. Last year, Weber was the OVAC Player of the Year in Class A, and Yeater was one of the leading setters in the valley. However, both are excellent servers and can play front and back. Coach Yeater is hoping their experience as freshmen will carry over to this year and make the team into a contender, not only in the OVAC but in the state as well. The Wildcats also belong to the Mason Dixon Conference, and they have captured the title many times over the years.
Volleyball has been a good tradition in Wildcats sports for several years, and with this year’s group, it doesn’t look to change much. The Wildcats have several new key additions to the team who should give them the lift they need to get to the next level. With players like Weber and Yeater leading the way, newcomers Abbe Stackpole – who will be the Libero, and Cora Anderson – an outside hitter, will both join the staring lineup. After setting out last season with an injury, Maggie Still – a very versatile player, will assist in setting and hitting. Looking to help Weber defend the net will be middle hitter freshman Brandis Dalrymple.
“We are a young team, and we basically had to start from ground zero this summer.
The girls have worked hard, put in a lot of time, and progressed nicely. By opening day, Sept. 4, we look to have all the pieces put together and be a strong competitor no matter who we go up against on the schedule,” said Coach Yeater.
Other members of this year’s team include junior Savannah Price, sophomore Kelsey Michael, freshman Madi Kline, and freshman Hallie McDonald. JV girls playing up on varsity will be Nevaeh Sweeney, Raven Fulks, and Isabella Beverlin. The Wildcats have no seniors on the team, so the future looks bright. Class A volleyball in the Wildcats’ region is one of the toughest in the state, so if they can progress during the season, get on the winning track, and work well as a team, the sky will be the limit.
“We play a very demanding schedule, which includes the likes of Magnolia, River, Williamstown, Tyler, Beallsville and Ritchie County. If we can continue to improve and play well as a team, we will be just as good as anyone on the schedule. The competition is tough, so our goal will be to improve with each match, take it one day at a time, and peak when tournament time comes around.
We won’t win them all, but we won’t lay down for anyone either. I invite all of Paden City to come out and watch as these girls play their hearts out for their school, community, and for themselves,” said Coach Yeater.