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Patrick Henry Academy volleyball aiming for playoffs

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Estill – As the 2017 regular season winds down, the Patrick Henry Academy volleyball team is setting their collective sights on a deep run in the upcoming SCISA Class A state playoffs.

Coach Belinda McCoy has been pleased with her team’s performance this season. Entering a key region match against Holly Hill Academy on October 5th, the Patriots were 7-1 in region play and 11-3 overall this season. That lone loss in the region came to Holly Hill in a thrilling five-set showdown. The Patriots needed a win in that rematch to keep any hope alive of winning the region championship.

“We have had a good season so far,” McCoy said. “We are a young team but they play hard and hustle. They try to do the right things. Other teams are more experienced I think, maybe more talented, but we try to do the fundamental things well and give ourselves a chance.”

Following the rematch with Holly Hill, the Patriots will have remaining regular season matches with St. John’s Christian, Andrew Jackson Academy and Dorchester Academy. Win or lose in the rematch, it appears Patrick Henry will finish no worse that second-place in the region standings.

“We will finish in the top two if we do what we’re supposed to do here at the end of the season,” McCoy said.

McCoy keeps only seven players on the varsity roster so every team member is contributing in some way. Four juniors working as starters in the rotation include Faith Breland, Ellie Mikell, Bryce Blakeney and Megan Bridgers.

“All of four of the juniors are pretty experience players and their experience has helped a lot,” McCoy said.

Two sophomores seeing action include setter Cameron Phillips and outside hitter Kayla Taylor. Freshman setter Abby Wiggins also sees considerable playing time.

McCoy says one of the team’s strength is the effort defensively.

“We are going to do our best to keep the ball from hitting the floor and takes a lot of hustle,” the coach said. “We just work hard to be consistent at everything we do. We’re not always successful but we’ve been good enough so far. We hope it will hold up for us.”

Football off to 5-1 start

The Patrick Henry Academy football team also is gearing up for a good playoff run. The Patriots are off to a 5-1 start this season and have four games remaining in the regular season.

Patrick Henry opened the season with a 26-20 win over Holly Hill Academy, and followed that with a 36-14 win over W.W. King.

The lone loss came in game three, 28-22, to Beaufort Academy. Since the loss, the Patriots have reeled off three straight wins, beating Clarendon Hall (30-28), Jefferson Davis (32-12) and Coastal Christian Prep (14-12).

“We’re playing pretty well,” head coach Mike McCoy said. “Our defense has been pretty consistent. Our kids are playing hard.”

All the news has not been good, however. McCoy says starting quarterback Kennedy Fairey will miss the rest of the season with an injury. Fairey was off to a good start, combining for more than 400 yards and nine touchdowns. Junior Garrett Griner will move under center and played in the win over Coastal Christian.

“Losing Kennedy is a tough one because he’s a good player, but our team still feels they can be successful,” McCoy said. “We will be different but there’s no reason we can’t compete.”

 Senior Batten Bostick is the team’s leading rusher with 763 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Sophomore Kyle Jarrell has added nearly 300 yards on the ground.

Griner is the team’s leading tackler on defense with 38 total hits and also has two interceptions. Junior Daniel Hauptmann has 34 tackles while Bostick and Jarrell each have 27 tackles.

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