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Volleyball starts Thursday: WSN Eagles to start season with area game

The W.S. Neal Lady Eagle volleyball team will begin their 2010 season Thursday on the road in an area game at Thomasville.

The varsity team this year consists of eight players.

Of the eight, six of them are seniors in Malary Booker, Whitney Douglas, Brittany Revel, Amanda Crawford, Britta Wood, and Rachael Browder. The remaining two are juniors in Paige Grantham and Lauren Boatwright.

Lady Eagle head coach Britney Shelly said, as her teams get ready to open their season against area opponent Thomasville, they will return three starters from last year.

“Malary returns at setter, Amanda at outside/middle hitter, and Brittany at outside hitter,” Shelly said. “Joining Amanda in hitting this year will be Whitney Douglas, Rachael Browder, and Paige Grantham. Assisting Malary with setting will be Britta Wood and our defensive specialist for the season will be Lauren Boatwright.”

Shelly says she expects for the 2010 Lady Eagles to be contenders for the area this year.

“We have a lot of talent on our team this year,” Shelly said. “It will be a matter of being able to come together as one in order to beat our opponents. We are very strong in hitting this year and have improved tremendously in the past few weeks with serving. However, our area of weakness is serve receive. It is something we have struggled with in years past and continue to struggle with.”

For the JV Lady Eagles, the 2010 team consists of six tenth graders and three freshmen. Gracee Dixon, Kaitlin Hadaway, Stephanie Lambert, Kristen Pettis, Tisha Gibson, and Marissa Cutts are the sophomores while the three ninth graders are Bailey Stone, Marissa White, and Kena Ellison.

“Hitters this year will be Dixon, Lambert, and Gibson,” Shelly said. “Defensive players for us this year will be Cutts and Pettis. Due to an injury to Ellison that will put her out for much of the season, we have had to move Hadaway from outside hitter back to setter. Assisting Kaitlin in setting for our team will be White.”

Shelly said she expects the JV team to have another winning season.

“We only lost two games last year and I expect for us to be even better this year,” she said. “We have good setters this year as well as strong hitters in Stephanie Lambert and Gracee Dixon. Serving is another strong point for us. Our defense has stepped up a lot throughout the summer and I expect that to be the key to winning games this year.”

Special to the Standard The 2010 W.S. Neal Lady Eagle varsity volleyball team will begin play Thursday at Thomasville. Making the 2010 team for W.S. Neal is, front row, left to right, Lauren Boatwright and Paige Grantham. Back row, from left, Malary Booker, Britta Wood, Amanda Crawford, Brittany Revel, and Whitney Douglas.

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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