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Looking Ahead to Volleyball Season for the Jackets

Tyler County Booster

by Jana Rayburn

In less than five weeks Chester Yellowjacket volleyball two-a-day workouts will begin, and Coach Dewayne Armstrong has high expectations for his returning players. There are five returning players on varsity, and several players moving up from the junior varsity squad that will all be key components to making this upcoming season a success. Armstrong and his team will be looking to improve upon the success of last year's regional semi-final team. "We know in order to repeat this success, we must work hard both on the court and in the classroom," Armstrong said. The team worked hard during the spring offseason, and most of them are getting time in the gym and at summer league games this summer. Seniors Haley Cowan, Meagan Clarke, Amory Parker and Carmen Mahaffey were all key players last season. Armstrong expects the same from them this season, and he hopes they will step up as leaders. Cowan and Parker are both aggressive and quick players, and they will split time setting and hitting. Clarke played primarily back row last season, but Armstrong hopes to see her transition to the front row. Her height will help with blocking and hitting. Mahaffey will be the main blocker this year, and Armstrong expects her to be the teams' hardest hitter. Sophomore Annie Rayburn earned a spot on the rotation last year on the back row. Rayburn improved a lot last season and will be a defensive asset to the team. Belle Gilzow will be a big help on the front row, assisting in blocking and hitting for the Lady Jackets. Armstrong is also excited to have junior Taylor Handley joining the Lady Jackets. Handley is an aggressive player all around. Returning players that will also help out this coming season are Danique Davis, Ashlyn Overstreet, Katilyn Clack, and Faith Loughner. In addition to the returning players, Armstrong is excited about the incoming freshman and says he is looking forward to watching them compete. Two-a-day workouts start on August 1 for the Lady Jackets, with the first scrimmage set for Friday, August 4 in San Augustine.

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