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OP volleyball looks for healthier second half

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Orangeburg – It was going to be a bit of a transition regardless as Danielle Robinson took over the volleyball program at Orangeburg Prep.
The first-year coach has had to make a lot more adjustments than she anticipated though, as a string of injuries have forced the Lady Indians to shuffle the lineup.
The result has been a slow start as OP sat at 3-6 overall and 1-2 in region play as of Sept. 28.
“We’ve had a rocky start, but I think we were able to work some of those kinks out and we should be able to focus the rest of the season on winning the remainder of our games,” Robinson said.
The Lady Indians had a number of returning players from last season, but injuries have taken their toll. Senior middle blocker Dallas Stroller is out along with libero Alyson Hay. 
“We did have a lot of returning players and three that were pulled up from jayvee, but it was a veteran team,” Robinson said. “With a new coach coming in, the girls have gotten acclimated to my coaching style and we’re just trying to create a rotation around our injuries.”
Stroller was the team’s second-leading hitter and senior Morgan Herwit has taken over that role. Hay’s spot has been filled by freshman Isabelle Wesell.
“We’ve kind of thrown them in to the deep in and they’ve accepted it and played well,” Robinson said.
The team still has leading hitter Amber White. The senior has lined up just about everywhere and done just about everything on the court, Robinson said.
The Lady Indians also have another senior hitter in Marlee Robinson providing a strong offensive threat. 
With much of the season still to go, Robinson’s primary goal is getting the team to be as competitive as it can be for every game.
“We want to be able to finish,” she said. “Just being focused on finishing out each game and working together as a team. The girls are more focused than ever on finishing the season strong and being as successful as we can be.
“Our biggest strength is just having that belief in ourselves that we can do it.”

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