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Timberland volleyball in contention for region crown

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

St. Stephen—It takes time for a coach to come in and build a program to their liking, and Andrea Fox finally has everything she wants in place at Timberland entering her third season with the volleyball team.
The Wolves are 6-3 overall and a perfect 3-0 to start conference play with a pair of important matchups with Oceanside Collegiate coming up over the next couple of weeks.
“The team chemistry, communication and overall level of play has really stepped up this year.  They’re all friends and hang out with each other.  They play well together, they go for every ball, they’re scrappy, they hustle.  We’ve focused on our conditioning and that has put us on that next level.  That has helped a lot,” Fox said.
Timberland has only two seniors on its roster – outside hitter Elizabeth Jenkins and middle blocker Cheyenne Padgett – but they have played an important role in helping Fox get the Wolves back to its winning ways.  
“Both of them have been great leaders.  They bring an excellent atmosphere to the team and they’re constantly positive.  They’ve both gotten a lot better over the last three years and I’m really proud of them,” Fox said.
There is also a pair of juniors in the starting lineup in libero Shakayla Hammond and utility player Kessler Dennis.  Sophomore Gracie Prince is another player that can play anywhere on the court while fellow tenth-grader Cassidy Carr runs the offense from the setter position.
“She does a great job of controlling the court and getting the ball where it needs to be,” Fox said of Carr.
Eighth-grader Abby Prince starts at right side hitter.  Outside hitter Sarah Grace Hood and middle blocker Armoni Green are the key reserves.
Timberland has a busy schedule left with contests against Burke, Garrett, North Charleston and Cross on top of the tilts with OCA, but they should be prepared after facing some tough competition early in the season.
“I really try to create a difficult pre-region schedule.  We scrimmaged some of the larger schools because it gives us a sense of where we are.  I really like to utilize the 5A schools in the area if they’ll put us on the schedule,” Fox said.  “If they keep playing together like they have been, I hope we’re able to make a run at Lower state.”

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