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‘Lots of talent’ for young Lady Bears on court

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Eriel Weston and Anna Grace McLean go up for a block during Carvers Bay’s scrimmage against Carolina Forest on Aug. 12.

Carvers Bay High School’s volleyball team enters the season with a lot of young players, but rather than worry, head coach Kimberly Baker is excited.

“We have a lot of young girls,” Baker said. “But I’m really looking forward to a good year because we have a lot of talent.”

Baker’s seniors are confident in the younger players.

“The majority of our team are freshmen so I feel like this year we’ll be really good because we only lost two seniors last year,” said Hannah McLean.

“These girls are really, really athletic. I think we can go far if everybody has the right attitude.”

“We have a lot of talent on the team this year,” said Haley Miller. “We have a lot of freshmen coming up, so I think not only this season … you’ll have a great next few years because we’ll have a lot of great young talent.”

Caitlin Mason said she, McLean and Miller have to keep the young girls in line and don’t let them slack off.

“You’ve got to stay energized, you’ve got to want it, you’ve got to love the game,” Mason said.

The Lady Bears captured a region title two years and made the playoffs again last year, but have struggled to find post-season victories.

Baker scheduled trained in the spring, worked through the summer on skills, drills and conditioning, and brought in the volleyball coach Paul MacDonald from Frances Marion University for a camp.

The seniors said it’s their job to keep girls’ spirits up throughout the peaks and valleys of the season.

“We’re got to keep everybody motivated during the season and keep them uplifted even when we do have a bad game,” McLean said. “You can’t win every game, but I think we can be pretty dominant if we keep our heads in the game.”

“Your attitude affects how you play,” Miller said. “If you have a bad attitude at school, you need to leave it off the court, so when you come you can play a great game and hopefully win.”

The Bears scrimmaged Waccamaw and Carolina Forest on Aug. 12, trying out a new defense Baker has installed.

“Hopefully they’ll get comfortable [with] where they’re playing and who they’re playing with, calling the ball and talking [to each other],” Baker said.

McLean said with all the younger players on the roster this season, the future looks bright.

“In about two years, everybody is going to know who Carvers Bay is because these girls, they have a lot of potential,” she said.

The Lady Bears host a scrimmage against Lake City on Aug. 21, and host a preseason tournament featuring Georgetown, Andrews and Loris on Aug. 23, before opening the season at Timberland on Aug. 26.

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