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Wilson Hall High School
Sumter

 

WH volleyball team getting better each match

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Sumter – Wilson Hall brought up a number of players to the varsity volleyball squad last year in the hopes of them gaining some valuable experience.
It was a move in anticipation of this season which saw the Lady Barons lose seven of their top players to graduation. Of the 12 players on the roster, eight are freshmen or sophomores.
The first half of the year has seen the Lady Barons go 9-15 overall and 2-2 in region play as of Sept. 28. Part of that is do to scheduling, head coach Rip Ripley said. 
“We kind of made the decision to keep our schedule pretty rigorous,” he said. “We wanted to keep pushing our girls to where we wanted them to be and that had us starting off pretty slow.
“I think we’re better than our record reflects, but we’re young and we’re going to keep building.”
The inexperience has shown at times, although Ripley believes the team is making strides in the right direction.
“We put a lot of emphasis on our serve and our serve-receive,” Ripley said. “When we do that well, we typically play well and when we don’t, we don’t play as well. Being a young team, we’re going to have days where we play like a veteran team and some days we’ll play like an inexperienced team.
“… I feel like we’re coming around on that a little bit more. We had a big win against Orangeburg Prep (on Sept. 24).”
Wilson Hall has just two seniors on the roster. Cameron Duffy has been a key outside hitter while Sydney Jarecki has played any position she’s been asked, Ripley said. Duffy is among the leaders in kills while Jarecki ranks near the top in blocks. 
Junior Madison Sliwonik has played well, despite battling a hip injury and also ranks near the top in kills and blocks. The Lady Barons have two sophomore setters in Madison Deschamps and Camryn Bateman. 
Fellow sophomore Andi Grae Wingate is the other middle hitter with Gracyn Coker and Lucy Matthews contributing as hitters as well. Sophomore Abbie Beatson is the libero.
Mary Claire Lee, Sarah Cain and Hayley Champion round out the squad. 
“We’re halfway through region play, so I think going down the backstretch we just have to find some confidence,” Ripley said. “We played a tough first part of the schedule so we’re just trying to play with confidence the rest of the way.” 

Football

The Barons fell to 1-4 overall and 1-4 in SCISA AAA play with a 40-28 loss to Ben Lippen on Sept. 28.
Quarterback Wise Segars had two touchdown passes and also ran for a score.
Landon Van Patten and Chandler Scott each had TD receptions and Nathan Harris added a rushing TD. 

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