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Marion volleyball looks to improve on close calls next season

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Marion – In a match against Dillon, the No. 2 team in the region, the Marion High School volleyball squad was in every game.

“I think that in every set that we played, we only lost by two points,” head coach Sydney Hooks said. “I think the fact that they were second in the region and we came so close; we felt very accomplished in that.

“…I can’t complain about any of our games – we were playing motivated to the very end. We didn’t win as many as we would have liked, but it’s not because of effort. We were very close in a lot of games.”

The Lady Swamp Foxes will look to build on that heading into next season after missing out on the state playoffs. MHS started the year strong, Hooks said, but Hurricane Florence postponed or canceled about eight contests.

“That kind of put us out of practice,” Hooks said. “But we kept in contact with them (through the delay) and a lot of them practiced on their own to stay in shape. Then we came back and they played strong the rest of the year.”

Marion featured a mix of upper and lowerclassmen this year with three seniors, five juniors, five sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader.

Two players were on the court for every minute this season – junior Briana Wiggins and senior Indya Laboy.

“Briana’s been with me for three years and this was Indya’s first year,” Hooks said. “But you could tell that they worked well together and they worked well with everyone else. They did what they had to do on the court and I was very proud of them.

“I think that was biggest thing this year was just seeing them come together as a team and play well. We can pretty much put anybody in any spot, and so that’s a real luxury to have.”

Cherilyn Vereen and Alexis Dixon were the other two seniors. Carlie Lewellen, Maryesha Gause, Kasey Pease and Macey Waugh made up the junior class along with Wiggins.

Sophomores included Ny’Erah Cross, Tyanna Gunter, Carson Cribb, Amber Ray and Kimmie Barnes. Triniti Ford, a freshman, and eighth-grader Emily Britt rounded out the squad.

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