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Drifters hope to improve on disappointing last year

In the space of a week, Drifters’ varsity volleyball head coach Chase Davidson will see what he has in his team.  

With 19 games on its schedule, the task of surpassing last season’s 4-17 record will not be easy.
“I am not going to predict wins and losses this season because we know we have to start winning in the Northern Neck,” Davidson said.

After losing Kora Herrod and T’Niyza Taylor to graduation, the Drifters will rely on McKenzie Conway, Brooke Payne, Manana Morton, Katelyn Dunaway, Sydney Scherer and Kenzie Cox for veteran leadership. Noted for scoring, Conway and Cox will have to lead the way as the rest of the team will focus on their supporting roles.

Top newcomers include sophomores Amber Jones and Michaela Beverly.

A hidden intangible that rival teams should not overlook is the 2013 Drifters’ junior varsity team. A number of players from last season’s junior varsity team have moved up to the varsity ranks. Last season, the Drifters’ primary feeder system posted an 8-9 overall record, including 5-5 in the conference.

Margeret Swanger has replaced Cameron-Ann Standish as the head junior varsity coach. Swanger coached volleyball in Highland County for 10 years. Her goal is to impart good fundamental skills and teamwork, while encouraging players to play travel volleyball during the off-season.

After hosting St. Margarets Aug. 27 in the regular-season opener, the team will host King & Queen Central Sept. 4 before traveling to play Lancaster in an invitational Sept. 5-6.

As for the upcoming season in Conference 43, Davidson and his contingent of players will have their hands full with last year’s conference champion, Northumberland. The Drifters will have to improve in every aspect of the game if they hope to compete in the Northern Neck this season.

“As far as progress, throughout last year, we really made strides in our serving,” Davidson said. “Two years ago we served under fifty percent and last year that improved to seventy-six percent.”

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