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Although there are unknown challenges ahead, as the fall season unfolds, they now control their destiny. With two scrimmages (Rappahannock, Caroline), and one regular season game (West Point), the Drifters’ volleyball season is now officially in full swing. After a winless 2012 season, the effort to make vast improvements within their corps of players - veteran and new to the sport - is stronger than ever.
“This may be the most athletic volleyball team Colonial Beach has had,” Drifter Head Coach Chase Davidson said. “Several of these girls have played for three or four years now—so it’s time to step it up. We know we’re improved, and we feel confident that we can go out and compete at a much higher level than last season. We’re not going to predict wins and loses, but we do feel with the improvements we have made for this upcoming season, we will be competing at a much stronger level than in the past.”
Captains junior Brooke Payne (setter), and senior Kora Herrod (outside hitter) will lead the cast of Drifters that include: T’Niyzsa Taylor (defensive specialist, senior); Deniya Newman (middle hitter, sophomore); Manana Morton (middle hitter, sophomore); Rachael Allison (middle hitter, junior); Sydney Scherer (right side, outside hitter, junior); Jessica Hurt (libero, senior); McKenzie Conway (outside, right side hitter, junior); Morgan Whicker (defensive specialist, junior).
Davidson is willing to do everything within his powers to get the program up and going again. With the struggles of last season behind him, he has scheduled a trip to take his varsity team to compete in a volleyball tournament in Virginia Beach, Sept. 7 - 8. Prior to the varsity overnight trip, the Drifter junior varsity will travel to the foothills of Charlottesville, to compete in a tournament at Monticello High School, on Aug. 31.
Along with motivating the team with new travel destinations, the Drifter coaching staff has outfitted the team with new uniforms and new equipment including 35 volleyballs. Davidson will be assisted during practices by new Drifter physical education teacher, John Mitchum. Mitchum has a long history of volleyball experience that will prove to be invaluable as the season unfolds. “I’ve attended clinics, and the girls have participated in camps,” Davidson said. “We’re doing the things to get better. And we’ve shown in our recent scrimmages that we are getting better.”
On Sept. 9, the Drifters will travel to play King & Queen, and return home on Sept. 12 to play Middlesex. Game time is 7 p.m.