Whiteoak Lady Wildcats volleyball preview


By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@aimmedianetwork.com



The Whiteoak Lady Wildcats volleyball team tries to defend the Lady Tigers serve on August 19 at the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament.


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Katie Pietropinto serves during the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament held at Hillsboro High School on August 19.


Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

Several members of the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats volleyball team track the ball in the air on August 19 while playing in the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament.


Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

The Whiteoak High School Lady Wildcats began their season on August 19 when they traveled to Hillsboro High School to participate in the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament. On September 25, the Lady Wildcats will travel to Lynchburg-Clay High School to take on cross county league rival the Lady Mustangs. Whiteoak will end their season with a home matchup against the Fayetteville Lady Rockets on October 12.

The Lady Wildcats are coached by Katie Pollard.

“We had to replace two big roles in the roster after the departure of the senior class. We have a girl that was on the JV squad last season, who has stepped in to fill the hole we had at setter. There is another girl that I pulled up from JV to fill the middle hitter position for us.”, said Pollard

Coach Pollard indicated the Lady Wildcats are still looking for a strong voice in the locker room that can unite the team in tough times. “I have a wonderful group of girls who all get along. So, they are all super nice to each other. That is great but, I am struggling to find that one girl to pull them together when need be.”

Despite an experienced team the 2016 team was never able to find their groove Coach Pollard thinks that could change this year. “We had a rough season last year. Our hitting was the problem. We have been working on our hitting and that is still our goal. Our serve and serve receive is probably one of the strongest in the league. But, our hitting we have to improve on. Our coverage this year was a big goal for the girls this season and they fixed that quickly this summer and that will not be a concern for us.”

Pollard expressed her affection for the girls on the team, “I can’t praise these girls enough. I had them as students in the fifth grade. I have had all these girls since they were 10 or 11 years old. I can’t say enough about them as a team. Several players are willing to go in at any time and they are ready to go, even if it isn’t their preferred position. I don’t have any issues with trust on this team. They are confident that if they come out the person that is going to replace them is going to do just as good of a job.”

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The Whiteoak Lady Wildcats volleyball team tries to defend the Lady Tigers serve on August 19 at the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Whiteoak-Volley-1.jpgThe Whiteoak Lady Wildcats volleyball team tries to defend the Lady Tigers serve on August 19 at the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

Katie Pietropinto serves during the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament held at Hillsboro High School on August 19.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Whiteoak-Volley-3.jpgKatie Pietropinto serves during the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament held at Hillsboro High School on August 19. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

Several members of the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats volleyball team track the ball in the air on August 19 while playing in the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament.
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/08/web1_Whiteoak-Volley-2.jpgSeveral members of the Whiteoak Lady Wildcats volleyball team track the ball in the air on August 19 while playing in the Highland County Spike and Dig Tournament. Ryan Applegate | The Times-Gazette

By Ryan Applegate

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