First-year head coach Karen Anderson had a plan...She wanted to teach more fundamental skills, and make the Grafton High School Girls’ Volleyball Program more successful.
Well, her varsity Lady Bearcats wound up with a 2-22 record, and her junior varsity Lady Bearcats finished with a 5-10 ledger...Those five wins by her jayvees is a four-year, high-water mark...Perhaps, that is a step in the right direction.
During the recent sectional play-offs, a group of six seniors -- Heather Moran, Emily Holmes, Shelby Rush, Kristen Weaver, Maggie Hart and Shawnee Ware -- closed out their respective volleyball careers.
The 2012 point totals for that group of upper classmen looks like this: Moran led the team with 171 points; Holmes scored 149 points; Rush chipped in with 114 points; Weaver tallied 36 points; Hart was credited with seven points; and Ware picked up four points.
Holmes closed out her career with a total of 364 points, which ranks fifth on Grafton High School’s All-Time Varsity Scoring List, since the sport of girls’ volleyball went to the rally-scoring system...She trails only Britney Sheme, with 538, Jesse Rawls, with 466, Amber Gobel, with 442, and Brandi Patton, with 391.
Holmes also passed the old service-points-scoring-system leaders, including number one Janon Summers, with 348, number two Jamie Cooper, with 340, and number three Mandy Stevens, with 332.
In the last four seasons, (some of) those six seniors have posted 0-19, 4-19, 4-22 and 2-22 records, with three different head coaches being in charge of this program...In that same time span, Grafton’s jayvees have recorded 3-11, 1-14, 0-11 and now 5-10 ledgers.
On the varsity level, six of those ten victories have been over Class A Notre Dame, three more came against Class A Cameron, and a win over Class AAA Lewis County currently stands as the only win over a Big Ten Conference opponent in four years.
A group of six girls that saw at least some varsity action this fall are eligible to return to next year’s team. They are starters, Brianna Anderson, Brittany Marcavage and Megan Weber, along with reserves, Jamie Snider, Jena Stout and Emily Chandler.
Anderson scored a total of 150 points, while the trio of Marcavage, with 119, Weber, with 108, and Jaymie Snider, with 106, also topped the 100-point plateau...Plus, Stout tallied nine points, and Chandler added four points.
In junior varsity action, Snider led the team with 144 points, giving her a combined total of 250 points on the year...The remainder of the junior varsity point totals look like this: McKayla Barrett had 130; Alex Ross had 128; Weaver had 103; Chandler had 85; Cassidy Williams had 44; Caitlin Ware had 39; Sydney Eddy had 20; and the duo of Stout and Taylor Dean chipped in with one apiece.
I also believe that the Grafton High School Girls’ Volleyball Program will benefit from a few Lady Knights, who will be freshmen when practice begins next August...Hitter Morgan Loomis (92 points, 44 kills, five digs, six assists and four blocks); and setter Corrin Lewis (60 points, 23 kills and 40 assists) caught my eye this fall, just to name a couple of them.
For the complete article see the 11-14-2012 issue.
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