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REL volleyball looks to hit stride in region play

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Bishopville – Donna Gooding felt like she had a pretty solid squad coming into the season. 
The Robert E. Lee Academy head volleyball coach has a team of six seniors, two juniors and four sophomores with a number of the upperclassmen having played for her for the last few years.
The Lady Cavaliers were 4-3 overall on the young season and 1-1 in region play as of Sept. 28 with most of the region games yet to come after Hurricane Florence forced some schedule changes.
“We’re got a really solid team,” Gooding said. “Our record doesn’t really reflect that, but we’ve played some pretty good competition – which is something I like to do for non-region.
“We have pretty strong hitting and pretty strong defense. I’d say our serving is really good.”
REL defeated Myrtle Beach Christian in region play before losing to The King’s Academy – one of the strongest teams in SCISA, Gooding said. Even though the squad lost five seniors from last year, two new seniors have come on board and three players from the jayvee squad – who were also part of the team last year – were brought up as well.
Senior Emme McCutcheon has been one of the strongest hitters for the Lady Cavs this season playing in the middle. She leads the team in hits and blocks. 
“She’s probably my hardest hitter,” Gooding said. “She plays back row as well and is a very good server and team captain.”
Fellow seniors Clara Ann Kelley and Amy Beth McCutcheon are also strong hitters on the outside with Emily Watson, another senior, providing strong defense and being among the team leaders in digs.
New seniors Emalie Kate Rabon and Becca Watson have played solid minutes along with junior Davin Williams, a transfer. Becca Watson and junior Kaley Winburn are in their first years playing volleyball. 
Sophomore Charley Norris is the libero and moved up to varsity this season. Fellow sophomores Caleigh Barrett and Martha Jane Logan along with junior Sara Abbett Kirven round out the rest of the squad. 
“We’ve got another tournament, which I think is always good and helps us prepare for region play,” Gooding said. “I think we’re pretty evenly matched in region, so I’m looking forward to seeing how things go the rest of the season.”

Football

The Robert E. Lee Academy football team improved to 6-0 on Sept. 28 with a 48-26 victory over Thomas Sumter Academy.
Hunter McGee had three rushing touchdowns for the Cavaliers, who improved to 1-0 in SCISA Region 1-AA. 
REL has outscored opponents 199-78 this season and picked up big wins against Pee Dee Academy (32-25 in OT) and Dillon Christian (28-7).

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