Rebels’ future is now
Published 9:35 pm Monday, August 10, 2009
The time is now for the Thorsby volleyball team.
What was a young nucleus of players when coach Ginger Williams took over prior to the 2006 season has worked and fought and come oh-so-close but has not gotten over the hump. That could change this season as that nucleus is now made up of experienced seniors.
Aug. 20: at Sylacauga with Childersburg
Aug. 25: vs. Chilton Co. with Montevallo
Aug. 27: at Calera with Shelby Co.
Aug. 29: at Calera Tournament
Sept. 1: at Sylacauga
Sept. 3: at Holtville with Marbury
Sept. 8: vs. Shelby Co.
Sept. 10: Marbury
Sept. 11-12: at Oak Grove tournament
Sept. 14: vs. Altamont
Sept. 15: vs. Jemison
Sept. 17: vs. Isabella* with Holtville
Sept. 21: at Calera
Sept. 22: at Altamont
Sept. 24: at Chilton Co. with Montevallo
Sept. 28: at Jemison
Oct. 1: vs. St. Jude* with LAMP
Oct. 5: at Isabella* with R.C. Hatch
Oct. 10: Chilton County Tournament at Chilton Co. High
“The ingredients are there,” Williams said. “We just need to do what we know we can do.”
Seniors Michelle Hendrix, Brittany Maddox and Stephanie Moore were all part of Williams’ first Thorsby team. Add in fellow seniors Kelsie Davis and Jenny Fonseca and 2008 regular contributors Kendra Dawson and Hollie Smith, both juniors, and the Rebels are probably the county’s most experienced team.
And the makings of a successful squad don’t end there. Sophomores Desiree Evans and Sade’ Archie both joined the varsity club at the end of last season and will likely see their playing time increase. Williams also speaks highly of newcomer Crystelly Olivos, a junior.
The Rebels’ experience has allowed Williams to try new methods, such as individualized practices that might include, instead of the whole team, only a handful of players from one position.
One aspect of being an older team might make the Rebels wish they were young again. Because most of the players can drive themselves to practice, there have been more of those practices, as in three-a-days twice last week.
“It’s tough to go three-a-days when your parents are having to drive you to and from practice,” Williams said. “The girls have really responded, but we still have to get that confidence we need.
“If they go out and play with everything they have, so at the end of they don’t look back and have any regrets, then that’s what we want.”