CLOVER -- With six seniors dotting the roster, the Clover High School volleyball team is ready to make a move in Region 3-AAAA.
Tryouts were held last week, with preseason practice beginning Wednesday.
Head coach Shea Hall said 11 varsity players and 13 junior varsity candidates are ready to shift focus to the coming season.
"We have a lot of experience returning," she said. "We lost four seniors to graduation."
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Hall will rely on the steady play and leadership of seniors Casey Killian, GeorgeAnna Westmoreland, Jaclin Poole, Stephanie Dover, Caroline Schill and Kate Wofford.
Junior roster members include Tanaya Pettus, Caitlin Flanagan, Lauren Hohler, Sidney Cates and Leeta Brown.
"Our returning seniors have the experience to get it done on the court and to help the younger players," the CHS coach said. "We will depend on them a lot."
Dover expects they'll have a good season.
"The seniors are working with players that moved up from the jayvees last season," she said. "We're showing them what to work on."
Said Westmoreland of this year's team, "We're working hard everyday. We went to camp four weeks ago and should be ready when the season starts."
Talk to Killian and you get the idea the Lady Blue Eagles will be battle-tested when region play begins.
"We've been practicing a long time and are ready to play some games," she said. "We have some scrimmages and a good non-region schedule to help us prepare for the region."
Killian said CHS should be able to "hang in there with the region teams."
After a competitive season on the court last year, Hall agrees and said newcomer Gaffney and Nation Ford will likely contend for region honors.
Meanwhile, preparations continue.
"The girls are working hard and will continue morning practices until school starts," Hall said. "We have a good group back this year."
The Lady Blue Eagles open the season Sept. 3 at home in a non-region game against Gastonia's Forestview High School. The first region match is Sept. 23 at home against Fort Mill.