PREP VOLLEYBALL

Wilson Hall netters growing with tough schedule

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 9/7/18

The 2018 season has been a little tough on the young Wilson Hall volleyball team to date. The team is 3-12 so far, but that's mainly because they've played some tough competition.

"Our schedule has been pretty intense," head coach Rip Ripley …

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Wilson Hall netters growing with tough schedule

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The 2018 season has been a little tough on the young Wilson Hall volleyball team to date. The team is 3-12 so far, but that's mainly because they've played some tough competition.

"Our schedule has been pretty intense," head coach Rip Ripley said. "We've played Porter-Gaud, who won (SCISA 3A) state (last year), Wando and Cardinal Newman, who's been the best team in Columbia for the last 15 years."

Ripley looks at the positives from playing these South Carolina volleyball juggernauts.

"It lets us grow and pushes us to be better," he said.

Inexperience has also been something the Barons have had to overcome this season.

"We're very young; eight of our 12 players are freshmen and sophomores," Ripley said. "We only have a handful with varsity experience. We have to get comfortable with the speed of the varsity game."

This year, the Lady Barons are led by senior outside hitter Sydney Jarecki, middle hitter Cameron Duffy and junior outside hitter Madison Sliwonik. Some of their younger players include sophomore setters Madison DesChamps and Camryn Bateman, sophomore libero Abbie Beatson and freshman right side hitter Lucy Matthews, who is only in her second year of playing volleyball.

"We have to approach this season like it's not a rebuilding year," Ripley said. "We lost seven seniors from last year, but we have to play hard for our seniors (this year) and hope it carries over (next year)."

Ripley enjoys seeing his team improve each day.

"As a coach, there's an excitement of seeing improvement," he said. "If we can keep this effort we'll be OK."

Wilson Hall played well in wins over Lakewood, Williamsburg and Thomas Sumter Academy. Ripley knows what it will take to get more matches in the win column.

"The big thing is how well we can pass and receive," he said. "It's hard to win when you can't serve and serve- receive."

Wilson Hall's next game is on the road on Tuesday against Florence Christian School.