With a showdown at Region 3-AAAA Rock Hill scheduled for Tuesday, the York Comprehensive High School volleyball team is in a state of regular-season readiness.
Head coach Julie McGee, a Chicago native and former Winthrop University volleyball standout, said she feels good about the team’s potential.
“We are very excited about our chances in the region,” said McGee after last week’s York Invitational scrimmage. “It is always a strong region but appears to be wide open this year.”
McGee said the Cougars always benefit from the experience of hosting the annual invitational scrimmage. This year was no exception, with successful outings against Clover and York Prep and competitive games against South Pointe and annual region contender Fort Mill.
“The kids did a good job of passing and hitting,” she said. “We are getting the kinks out. I am proud of them. They are learning a new offense and making progress.”
McGee, who continues to build a solid volleyball program with record participation, was upbeat after a close home-scrimmage loss against Lancaster. The Cougars won two games in extending the preseason scrimmage to a five-game series, with Lancaster winning three.
“We feel good about the team’s potential this season,” said McGee. “Some new players have moved up, and we have a strong ninth-grade class.”
She said the returning varsity players have improved their game. “Five players competed in club volleyball in the offseason,” said McGee. “Makoya Jones, who is a junior, played on a national team.”
McGee said the players’ work ethic and commitment during the offseason and preseason meant stellar play in the York Invitational scrimmage.
The YCHS junior varsity volleyball team, under head coach Hannah Fairfax, got off to a rousing start against the visiting Lancaster JV team.
The Lady Cougars JV won the first two games and had a nine-point lead in the third game until the Lady Bruins fought back to win a close series 3-2.
Carrie Lee Lancaster, an aggressive varsity middle hitter who provides senior leadership, makes an impact around the net.
Lancaster, recovering from a knee injury, said she feels good about the team’s potential.
“We are more fluid and have talented young players contributing to the team’s success,” said Lancaster.
Lancaster said she hopes her knee will return to full strength for the volleyball season and into the basketball season; Lancaster is a two-time all-region post player for the Lady Cougars basketball team.
Chloe Carroll, a club volleyball participant in the offseason who played for the York varsity team last year as an eighth-grader, is back as setter this season.
“We are playing better this year,” said Carroll.
The Lady Cougars varsity returns to Region 3-AAAA play at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at Rock Hill.