The Logan High School volleyball team is under new leadership.
Assistant coach Alice Hensley was named recently as the interim head coach of the Lady Cats, replacing former coach Chelsey Stowers who resigned.
Hensley and the Logan netters are scheduled to open the season on Wednesday night at Logan’s Willie Akers Arena with the Logan County Open as LHS is set to battle in a tri-match with rivals Man and Chapmanville Regional.
Hensley is the fifth coach in Logan volleyball history with Kevin Bates, Tim Cunningham, Ernistine Conn and Stowers being the others.
Logan has some returning talent coming back this fall to the team.
“I’m the interim coach right now and it’s going to be a process with them,” said Hensley, a Man native, who is also an assistant coach with the Logan softball team. “There’s talent on this team but we just have to get them in shape and ready for the season. Chelsey went back home to Ohio from what I understand. They asked me to step in. I’ve coached four years in volleyball.”
Logan has seven returning seniors on the roster, including Erica Day, Shelby Hall, Abby Kirk, Brooklyn Queen, Hannah Fox, Jasmine Pelkey and Sierre Hairston.
“We have seven seniors and Erica Day is going to be good,” Hensley said. “Abby Kirk and Shelby Hall will also be counted on.”
Juniors on the team include: Montana Frye and Samantha White.
The rest of the team is made up of freshmen and sophomores.
The sophomore netters are: Katelyn Barnhart, Jade Snyder, Jameeya Knox and Hadiya Bartley.
The freshmen are: Ally Kirk, Taryn Baisden, Ashley Browning, Hannah Osborne, Jada Hairston, Autumn Spencer, Heather Meade, Maggie Doss and Jordin Mounts.
“I have a slew of freshmen and sophomores,” Hensley said. “Our sophomores and freshmen are pretty good and they are vying for playing time on the court. They are making the seniors work pretty hard.”
Despite having a young team, Hensley has high expectations for her team.
“I told them that if they had confidence in me that I would get them to the state tournament,” Hensley said. “I think this team can make it past the sectionals and make it to state. I think they can do it.”
Logan, however, has a very difficult Class AAA sectional with Cabell Midland, Huntington, Spring Valley and Lincoln County.
“I hope that we can get the girls over that hump. We’ve been having some good practices. We scrimmaged at Chapmanville and we did pretty decent,” Hensley said. “There’s some things that we need to work on but we’re going to get ready for this Wednesday with the county tri-match. We need people to come out and support us. Volleyball is a fun sport. The girls would love to have some people come out and watch them. They’ve been working hard for this.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).