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Laurens Academy High School

LADY CRUSADERS CLOSE TO SCISA REGION 2-A TITLE

By: Gerald Doolittle

Laurens, S.C. -The Lady Crusaders of Laurens Academy coached by Shannon McGee find themselves in a position to claim the SCISA Region 2-A Volleyball regular season title.

The Lady Crusaders compete in Region Two with Anderson Christian, Anderson Montessori, Cambridge Academy, Newberry Academy, Richard Winn Academy and W.W. King Academy.

The Lady Crusaders will enter the final week of regular season with an overall record of 14-11 and a region record of 10-0. Most of the lost matches have come against larger public schools in tournaments and larger SCISA schools.

Coach McGee has only one senior on the team and sees a bright future the next few seasons. Next season she should have six seniors, four juniors, 3 sophomores plus any that come up from the junior varsity.

“These girls are athletes,” said Coach McGee. “They have really developed throughout the season and have improved with every game. Ruthie Moore (jr) has proven to be a strong hitter. Taylor Campbell (sr) has really stepped her game up this year and does a great job leading the team. She not only is our best passer, but she has her share of kills and aces.”

Katelyn Suttles (so) and Reagan Williamson (so) have stepped up and done great running the 6-2 offense,” continued Coach McGee. “Katelyn has been beneficial with hitting and passing. Kinsley Atkins (jr) has done well hitting and putting points on the board with her serving.”

Moore leads the team with 289 kills, 55 blocks, 75 digs and 33 aces. Campbell has 96 kills, 120 digs and 61 aces. Atkins has 99 kills, 26 digs, 77 aces and 11 blocks. Suttles has 254 assist, 21 kills, 32 digs and 30 aces. Williamson has 211 assist, 20 digs and 42 aces. Florence Mitchell (jr) has 23 kills, 94 digs and 56 aces and Kerington Armstrong (jr) has 16 digs.

Rounding out the Lady Crusader roster are Mattie Noffz (jr), Julia Marlett (fr), Blair Quarles (so), Hannah Stribling (jr), Lisa Langston (fr), Isabella Hucks (so), Autumn Manley (fr) and two foreign exchange players Cindy Dong and Jennifer Wu.

“I am very proud of what the girls have accomplished this season,” said Coach McGee. “We look forward to going to post-season tournaments with hopes of going far. We have had this great season without Hannah Stribling who has been out since early September with a concussion. Our goal is to bring home a state title this year.”

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