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Latta volleyball squad eager to get back on court

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Latta – It’s been a long break for the Latta High School volleyball team since they played their last competitive contest.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the Lady Vikings went a solid two weeks without a match and only just picked up again the first week of October.
“We’ve been working hard, staying in shape and we’re ready to play,” head coach Kimberly Bean said. “It’s still a work-in-progress. We’ve missed six region games so far and we’ve been able to reschedule four of them. 
“We’re just working to keep our momentum and keep playing at a good level.”
The Lady Vikings were 3-4 overall and 2-3 in region play before the long break. The team is comprised of about half returning players and half newcomers, Bean said.
“We’ve tried a lot of different lineups trying to see what the best combination is,” she added. “But they’ve really come together as a team. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and they’ve adapted to that very well.”
Arica Gandy, a senior, has been one of the team’s best spikers, Bean said. Sophomore Alyssa Owens has switched to the setter position this year and has learned from senior setter Kaleigh Caulder.
Junior Rayne Nolan has also taken on added responsibility. Playing mostly in the back row last year, Nolan has played in the front row this season and has been one of the top spikers as well.
“They all play very well together,” Bean said. “Everyone on the team has contributed and meshed well and played hard.”
Continuing to improve communication on the court will be a key factor the rest of the way if the Lady Vikings want to achieve the goals they’ve set, Bean added.
“They’re working on talking and making sure they know where everyone is on the court,” she said.

Football

The Latta football team improved to 3-1 on the season on Sept. 28 and also picked up its first region win of the year with a 40-14 victory over Johnsonville.
Deonte’ Stanley had a rushing touchdown and also returned a punt for another score. Brandon Page added a fumble recovery return for a TD.
Dylan Brewer and Jamario Taylor also each recorded a rushing TD for the Vikings. 

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