Future insights

Published 2:12 pm Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Randolph-Henry High School’s (R-H) varsity girls volleyball team finished the 2019 season with a 4-16 overall record.

“The kids are great, and there were some (matches) that we should have won that we didn’t, so it gave us a look at what we need to work on for next year,” Lady Statesmen Head Coach Nikki Elder said.

After an injury to junior setter Lilian Jubb, R-H switched from a 6-2 offense to a 5-1 offense, and Elder said the 5-1 clicked better.

“(With) the 6-2, you have six hitters on the court, because when the setter is on the front row, then they become a hitter instead of the setter,” she said. “The setter will actually come from the back row. So the 5-1 is just that — you have five hitters and one setter, and she sets all the way around.”

In 2020, the Lady Statesmen will particularly miss senior outside hitter Leighan Payne, a good all-around player, and senior middle hitter Sydney Williams, who is skilled at blocking.

Likely leaders for the 2020 squad include setter Abby Clements and middle hitter Annaleigh Lokker.