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W.W. King volleyball improving as year progresses

By Gerald Doolittle
Staff Writer

Batesburg – The Lady Knights of W.W. King Academy coached by Jonathan Davis are a very young volleyball team that despite their 3-8 record have shown progress on becoming a competitive team in SCISA Region 1-A.
“We are a very young team,” said Coach Davis. “We start one senior, two sophomores, three freshmen and one eighth grader. Three of our losses have come from two of the top teams in Class 1-A (Laurens Academy and Wardlaw Academy). Some of the other losses were close that we let get away. We have a bright future for the program here at W.W. King.  My middle school team has 15 girls working hard on their skills and currently have a 7-3 record.”
Gracelyn Metts (sr) has been a strong leader for the Lady Knights.  In a recent game against Greenwood Christian she had 23 kills which is the best total in five years.  She has recorded 98 kills for the season.  She also has 16 aces, 9 blocks and 15 digs.
Madison Metts (so) has had a good season as setter at the serving line. She has 13 aces, 18 kills, 181 assist and 54 digs. Carlee Holsonback (so) leads the team in digs with 120. In a recent game at Wardlaw she had 26 which is the highest single game total in five years.
Marlee McCormick (8th) is maturing fast. She has been one of the top passers and has served with consistently. She has nine aces, 27 kills and 96 digs.
Rounding out the Lady Knights roster Kerri Bradley (fr), Autumn Birdsall (fr), Ashlyn Dowling (so), Addie Smith (so) and Laci DuBose (fr).  Also, on the roster is Alex Mitchell (sr) who has not played due to an injury suffered last February during basketball season.
Coach Davis hopes the Lady Knights can win enough games left in the season to make it to the playoffs.  SCISA Region 1-A has a region tournament a week before the State tournament to get teams ready for post-season play.
The region has Anderson Christian, Anderson Montesori, Cambridge Academy, Laurens Academy, Newberry Academy, Palmetto Christian of Greenwood, Richard Winn Academy and W.W. King Academy.

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