Girls of summer: Shelly recaps summer

Published 4:00 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One week from tomorrow, the W.S. Neal Lady Eagle volleyball team will take to the court for their 2010 season opener.

The Lady Eagles will start the season with area opponent Thomasville on the road in a varsity game at 5 p.m.

Lady Eagle head coach Britney Shelly said she had 17 girls complete their summer workouts.

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“We had summer workouts on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons,” Shelly said. “Summer workouts went well. Both the JV and varsity teams progressed well throughout the summer.”

Shelly said her team ended summer workouts with the Summer Bash team camp in Flomaton.

In the summer volleyball team camp in Flomaton, W.S. Neal was able to get a head start for the 2010 season.

The team began play on a Tuesday with the Lady Eagles of W.S. Neal going 0-4 including a loss to T.R. Miller.

In play in Wednesday’s games, W.S. Neal opened with a 2-0 win over Pleasant Home winning by scores of 25-23 and 25-20.

The Lady Eagles followed with a win over Jay and lost to Cottage Hill later in the day to go 2-1 on Wednesday and 2-5 overall.

Shelly said participating in the summer team camp is always a good way to end the summer.

“It allows you to see the aspects of the game to work on in the first week of practice.”

Speaking of the first week of practice, Shelly also said that week went well.

“The girls will now practice three days a week until the season begins,” Shelly said. “We worked on various drills as well as different offensive and defensive set ups.”

W.S. Neal will be in a different area during the 2010 season after all schools were reclassified.

“We have changed areas this year,” Shelly said. “Jackson will stay in our area but Monroe County and Thomasville have moved into it. I think this season, like all seasons, will have its ups and downs. We play some tough teams in our area as well as within the county. We lost some key players from last year for various reasons and will have to work hard if we want to compete.

“We return many of our JV players from last year, but like the varsity team, they too will have to work hard in order to compete and be successful.”

The 2010 Lady Eagle junior varsity players include: Marrisa Cutts, Gracee Dixon, Kena Ellison, Tisha Gibson, Kaitlin Hadaway, Stephanie Lambert, Kristin Pettis, Baily Stone, Marrisa White.

Eight ladies make up the 2010 W.S. Neal Lady Eagle varsity roster. The varsity players include: Lauren Boatwright, Malary Booker, Rachael Browder, Amanda Crawford, Whitney Douglas, Paige Grantham, Brittany Revel, and Britta Wood.

Along with the first game of the season against Thomasville on the road Thursday, Aug. 19, the team will have their first home game on Tuesday, Aug. 31, against Flomaton.

W.S. Neal’s schedule shows 16 games, with eight home and eight away.

Adam Robinson | The Brewton Standard W.S. Neal Lady Eagle Lauren Boatwright, jumping left, spikes the ball as coach Britney Shelly prepares to block Monday at practice. The Lady Eagles will begin their 2010 season August 19.

About Adam Robinson

My name is Adam Robinson and I have been the Sports Editor of the Brewton Standard since September 2007. I cover all the local sports in the Brewton area. I am a 2007 graduate of Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Sports Information. I married Shari Lynn in June of 2007 and we welcomed our first child, Hatlee, in April of 2010.

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