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Expectations high as Elmore Co. heads into 2013 volleyball season

Published 10:19am Friday, July 12, 2013

By Lynden Blake

Patty Holley digs out a Lady Panthers return during the quarterfinals of the AHSAA Elite Eight Tourney in Pelham.
Patty Holley digs out a Lady Panthers return during the quarterfinals of the AHSAA Elite Eight Tourney in Pelham.

Elmore County High’s volleyball team is hard at work this summer preparing for the upcoming season starting in August.

“We have big shoes to fill,” said Lady Panthers head coach Kimberly Moncrief.  “We lost some seniors last year, so we are working to replace those spots.”

Moncrief said having four senior starters back is a huge plus.

“They have all produced well in the past, and I am looking to them for leadership,” said Moncrief.

The seniors are Patty Holley, Kaitlyn McCurdy, Tori Jackson and Brooke Mettles.

“Holley is hitting the ball very well, and Jackson is our returning libero,” said Moncrief. “Jackson did a great job at that position last year.”

The team made it to the super regionals last year, and to the state tourney two years ago.

“I have seniors on the team who went to state as a sophomore, and they really want to go back,” said Moncrief. She said she wants them to focus on defense this year.

“We needed to improve defensively last year, so the main goal is to be a good defensive team heading into the season,” said Moncrief.

She also added last year they weren’t as conditioned as they needed to be, so that is another goal that they are working on this summer.

“I have really been impressed with the juniors this summer,” said Moncreif.

Kenya Brown will play outside hitter, and Moncrief said her hitting ability thus far is outstanding. Dianna Geddie, Melissa Geddie and Tammy Kelley have also stepped up.

“These girls have been showing up to workouts all summer,” said Moncrief

The team conditions three days a week starting at 6 a.m.

“It is hard to get girls up to workout that early in the morning, but we have had great participation all summer,” said Moncrief.

Moncrief said they sometimes run two miles before lifting weights.

“I am really impressed with the girls’ work ethic,” said Moncrief.

The girls will play in a tournament at an Auburn camp July 22 and 23.

“This will give us a good idea of where we stand heading into the season,” said Moncrief.

Moncrief hopes to have play date opportunities this summer as well.

“We are looking forward to a great year,” said Moncrief. “There is going to be a lot of competition, but we are excited for it.”

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