Above: The Lady Knights Volleyball team huddles before a match at the Lady Knight Jamboree Saturday Photo Credit:Brad Cole
By: Hunter Street
The Lady Knights have high expectations for the 2016 season. They finished 2015 at 15-7, ranked 14th in the NCHSAA 3A division which encompasses 100 teams.
Nine out of the ten athletes listed on this year’s roster have varsity experience, especially the 3 seniors. Camryn Nicholson, Caroline Marsh, and Teegan Bullock are what you want in a senior class. Marsh and Bullock have already committed to play college sports which put’s one less burden in their minds during a critical year in high school.
The Lady Knights hosted the Lady Knight Jamboree on Saturday. It featured 12 schools. In total the scrimmage had 22 teams, 12 varsity and 10 JV, lasting for much of the day. Coach Moon said “It was a huge success and thanks all the Lady Knights parents and all the volunteers. We couldn’t do it without them”. On the court she added, “We have to have more talk. We’re a quiet team. We also need someone to get kills when Caroline is in the back row or if she’s having an off night. We’re not a one man team.”
Above: Caroline Marsh encourages her teammates in a match vs. Owen at the Lady Knights Jamboree on Saturday Photo Credit: Hunter Street
Marsh, who is committed to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is a two-time Times-News Player of the Year, reigning Times-News Female Athlete of the year, and has been selected to the All WNCAC team all 3 years of her high school career. Last season she recorded 522 kills, 213 digs, and 145 total blocks. When asked on the feeling of getting a big kill, Marsh said “Getting a big kill on an opponent is one of the best feelings. It’s a total adrenaline rush and it’s like shooting a clutch in basketball. It gets all the girls fired up and eager for more”. Her biggest takeaway from the scrimmage was “seeing all of our hard work pay off. We practice for 3 to 4 hours every day and with every practice we have something to improve and get better at. Playing in this scrimmage today makes me super excited for my last season”.
Teegan Bullock, a Brevard College Softball commit, can place the ball where plays will be made, just like in softball. In 2015 she recorded 207 assist to add to her 213 digs and 40 kills. The way Bullock sets up Marsh, there’s no point in attempting to defend the kill.
The Lady Knights add Juniors Breanna Haney, Kennan Heatherly, Karlee Honeycutt, and Aly White; Sophomore Anna Baldwin; and Freshman Ashley Patton.
Above: Anna Baldwin (So.) and Camryn Nicholson (Sr.) wait to defend the ball on Saturday at the Lady Knights Jamboree Photo Credit: Brad Cole
At the scrimmage Saturday White and Baldwin were very impressive on the offensive side playing hard. Honeycutt stood right alongside Marsh getting crucial blocks playing tough defense. Even though the didn’t officially keep score, the Lady Knights won all 8 games they played.
The first official game of the season is Wednesday, August 17th, at Asheville. Game time is set for 5:00 PM with the home opener on Tuesday, August 23rd, vs. Hendersonville also at 5:00 PM.