The Clover High School volleyball team has been active in the off-season and preseason, including last week’s York Invitational Scrimmage at York Comprehensive High School.
Along with York and Clover, the Lady Cougars’ annual preseason event on Aug. 21 included South Pointe, Northwestern and York Prep.
“Our players benefit from competing against different teams in the York event,” said CHS head coach Tamara Jacobus. “We find out what we need to work on before the regular season begins.”
Jacobus said she is looking for the girls to raise their performance level, especially for Region 3-AAAA competition.
“We didn’t play as well tonight as we had previously in the preseason,” she said. “We need to work on our serves and passes. We have young players stepping up and showing potential.”
Jacobus said the Lady Blue Eagles had a busy offseason that included volleyball camp.
Ryehia Robbins, a fourth-year participant, feels good about this year’s team. “We have young players who are stepping up,” she said. “That’s a good sign.”
Robbins said she has positive vibes about this year’s season. “We’re looking for a great season and a playoff run,” she said.
She has aggressive mindset competing in the sport of her choice. “I like to hit the ball and serve, mostly hit the ball,” she said.
Marlina Young is another senior with a bright outlook.
“Many of the players on this year’s team have been working hard since middle school,” she said. “We have young players meshing with experienced players. I am ready to finish out my senior season.”
Natalie Darling, a third-year player for the Lady Blue Eagles, is an outside hitter. “Our team is coming together,” said Darling. “We have talented players on this year’s team.”
Darling is in her comfort zone playing the game. “I didn’t play until the 10th grade,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about the game and like competing.”
The Lady Blue Eagle team has a tune-up Thursday, Aug. 28 at Lancaster North Central.
Regular-season action shifts into full swing Sept. 3, when the CHS girls travel across the border to face Hunter Huss.
The action is slated to begin at 6 p.m., with junior varsity play before the varsity game at 4:30 p.m.
The 2014 version of the Lady Blue Eagle volleyball team will play its home opener on Thursday, Sept. 4 against the Fort Mill Lady Yellow Jackets.
The varsity action is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start, with JV competition at 5 p.m.