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’Cats Looking to Build on Last Year’s Success

By Staff | Jul 8, 2020

Coach Yeater and some of her returning players pose for a picture during summer conditioning.

“The summer conditioning is going well, and I am really pleased with those who are participating,” said Coach Jennifer Yeater. Yeater added the off season has been a key to the success over the last two years. She said the discipline, and dedication, has proven to be key factors heading into fall and helped bring about the success of their volleyball program.

“When you put in the time, sweat, and tears, your efforts will show in the results. Several players have been utilizing the quarantine time to work out on their own,” stated Yeater.

She said she has been averaging 23 girls this summer for weekly conditioning opportunities, and with those numbers, they have had to do three pods to comply with the WVSSAC guidelines. “They are just as excited to be back together as I am.”

With have 10 returning varsity players who lead by example, putting in the time and effort, the girls have set some hefty goals for themselves.

The Wildcats have four seniors, Mallory Yeater, Hope Weber, Maggi Still, and Kelsey Michael all returning lettermen, and the junior class is Madison Kline, Brandis Dalrymple, Hallie McDonald, and Alyssa Phillips, Jade Schupbach and BraeLynn Little. Sophomores are Tanley McEldowney and McKenzie Thomas, Malaree Kline, Haley Walton, and Isabella Snider.

Yeater said she has eight upcoming freshman who are actively participating. They are Madylen Still, Ava Giovinazzo, Lyndie Arango, Carlee Sweeney, Olivia Saxon, Rayna Smith, Mallory Dennis, and Rory Amos.

The expectations are high in Wildcat town and the Cats look forward to getting back into the gym after COVID 19 cut the club season short for some of the returning players. Yeater and Weber will be returning as four-year starters looking to lead their team to a 4-Peat OVAC 1A Championship, Mason Dixon Championship and onto the State Tournament for a chance to earn the title of State Champs.

Yeater said when she asked the girls what their expectations were for the upcoming season, they quickly responded with; improve and better last seasons record of 36-5, break more school records and defend the OVAC and Mason Dixon conferences, Sectional and Regional Champs titles, and go to Charleston to compete for the State Championship Title.

“This is a great group of student athletes who I have had the pleasure of coaching since their middle school days. They know and respect my expectations of a student athlete and we work towards the goals together,” said Coach Yeater. She added accountability, dependability, and consistency is the foundation to a successful volleyball program.