The 2014 high school volleyball season should be pretty competitive for both Nation Ford and Fort Mill.
Both schools lost a considerable amount of starting talent and are back this year trying to put pieces together. The schools’ coaches are confident they have the depth to have a successful rebuilding year.
The Nation Ford Lady Falcons have just two seniors on this year’s roster after losing four to graduation last year and another three who left for various reasons. Five of the seven were starters.
“We are rebuilding,” said Nation Ford head coach Carrie Christian. “We have been lucky to get some transfers in.”
Despite the rebuilding mode that the Lady Falcons are in, Christian said the expectations haven’t diminished for her squad.
“We always set our goals high,” she said. “I think we will be good. We are young, which should help in years to come.”
Nation Ford opens its season Aug. 29 at the Porter-Gaud tournament in Charleston. The Lady Falcons will host the 20-team Nation Ford Invitational the following weekend.
Fort Mill has new faces, too
Like its rivals, Fort Mill has also lost a number of players from last year and is regrouping. The Lady Jackets lost six girls from last year’s team, including four starters.
“We have a lot of new faces on our team which creates opportunities,” said Fort Mill head coach Gina Farley.
Farley said that once they have their defense set, things should be pretty defined for the Lady Jackets.
“We have great leadership, and we do have some power hitters,” Farley said.
Fort Mill opens its season Aug. 23 at the Best of the Best tournament at Davidson College.
Both Fort Mill and Nation Ford will likely be up against Rock Hill and Northwestern for the Region III title.
“We are kind of unsure where we stack up,” Farley said.