Experienced, but lacking in height on the court

Published 11:48 am Friday, October 4, 2019

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Randolph-Henry High School’s varsity girls volleyball team entered this week fresh off its second victory of the season in a year in which the squad does not lack for experience but has no player taller than 5 feet, 8 inches.

The Lady Statesmen had a 2-10 record entering their home match Tuesday against Nottoway High School.

“We’ve struggled a little bit,” Randolph-Henry Head Coach Nikki Elder said Monday. “We’ve had an injury. One of our girls got injured early on, one of our setters, and we’ve just struggled a little bit kind of finding a rhythm, I guess. We’ve had some really close games, like with Nottoway the first time, who we play tomorrow night, and some of the others. So I’m hoping with last week’s win that we’ve kind of turned a corner. We did some changing on our offense, and I’m hoping that’s going to help us with the rest of the season, because we’ve started over now and are replaying some of the same teams.”

The 2019 Lady Statesmen, comprised of four seniors and six juniors, are led by senior outside hitter Leighan Payne, who brings “just a positive attitude, and she’s a really strong hitter on the outside, and she’s just a great volleyball player overall,” Elder said. “She can get to balls that most of the girls can’t.”

The coach said she hopes to get junior setter Lilian Jubb back from injury soon.