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Patrick Henry High School


Talented PH volleyball team anxious for playoffs

By Billy G. Baker

Estill — Following a straight sets volleyball win over Clarendon Hall on Sept. 27, the Patrick Henry Lady Patriots had improved their record to 14-1 and they are feeling good about their chances in the fast approaching SCISA playoffs and they are hoping for a run once the playoffs begin.
Leading up to the road match with the Saints, Patrick Henry had wins over Jefferson Davis Academy and Dorchester Academy earlier in the week.  
Patrick Henry’s lone loss is to Colleton Prep in the region, but for playoff purposes Colleton Prep will be competing at the AA level. The Lady Patriots compete as a Class A program.
The team is comprised of 10 hardworking players led by sophomore setter Abbie Wiggins and senior middle blocker Bryce Blakeney who plays on a year-round club team out of Beaufort. The other two seniors on the team include all-around player Faith Breland along with Elle Mikel also an all-around player. 
“All three of these players are very good wherever they are playing on the court,” said Coach Belinda McCoy. 
“Abbie is an excellent server and Bryce and Faith have a lot of experience on our team and all three of these players know their way around the court,” she said.  
The juniors on the team are front row player Caelin Taylor who plays on the front row along with setter Cameron Phillips. For the first time in a while the team has a Libero in freshman Madelyn McKenzie. Another freshman Logan Cone is a versatile player who plays all around as well.   
“We are more balanced then some of the teams we’ve had in the past,” said McCoy after the matches with Clarendon Hall. “Everyone on the team understands their role and the girls are playing well together on the court. We are playing well as a team and everyone is fulfilling their roles.”   
Some developing players are sophomore transfers Carter Laffitte and Taylor Floyd. 
“Our philosophy is to take the schedule one game at a time and not get ahead of ourselves,” said Coach McCoy. “We just want to play hard and keep improving. We certainly feel like we are going to make the playoffs and we hope to be playing our best in the playoffs. This team plays well together, and we have good team chemistry. 
“Getting all six players to play hard at the same time on the court is a real key. Once you get into the playoffs anything can happen. Sometimes you get on a good wave and good things happen.”
Patrick Henry has remaining games with Dorchester Academy, Jefferson Davis, Colleton Prep and St. Johns Christian. 
“We still have a tough row to how with several key games left,” said Coach McCoy.
The playoffs will begin around Oct. 18 in Myrtle Beach. 


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