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Creek Bridge volleyball has big turnaround, make playoffs

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Marion – In his first year as Creek Bridge High head volleyball coach, Cody Knight’s squad didn’t win a game.

This year, the Lady Warriors finished 4-4 in region play and earned a berth in the state playoffs.

“That was excellent,” Knight said of the postseason berth. “The biggest thing I saw this year was the team aspect was very, very strong. We had a lot of different leaders – every player throughout the season was a co-captain for a least one game.

“They held each other accountable, and I think that really showed in the growth we had this year.”

CBHS actually lost four starters from last season, but the remaining younger players who stepped in gelled quickly, Knight said.

“They were all very coachable and very eager to learn,” he said. “They picked things up quickly as the season went on and I think that’s why were able to have a couple winning streaks and make the playoffs.”

One particular stretch that stands out was a doubleheader match against Coastal Leadership Academy. The Lady Warriors swept both matches after winning the decisive third game each.

“I think that really showed me the resiliency of the team,” Knight said. “It was a long drive there and back and it was good to see the girls handle the ups and downs of the day and the two matches.”

Also, in away game at Hemingway, Creek Bridge trailed 24-19 when junior Annasti Chandler served eight points in a row to help win the game.

“That really showed what kind of leadership we had on the team,” Knight said. “To pull through and rally in a game that we probably shouldn’t have won, it really shows that they have a belief in each other. That’s what really stood out to me.”

Chandler was kind of the “heartbeat” of the team, Knight went on to say, along with Ashleigh Simmons – who was the lone senior – and sophomore Nuriyah McClellan.

The rest of the squad was comprised of Kimberlynn Stanley, Diamond Heriot, Miracle Rowell, Ki’Ausha Brisco, Breauna Hambrick and Jakayla McKelvy.

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