CHAPMANVILLE — Optimism is high for the Chapmanville Regional High School volleyball team.
The Lady Tigers opened the season on Wednesday with the Logan County tri-match at Logan as CRHS finished second place with a 1-1 mark.
Man won as the Lady Billies started off the season 2-0. Man downed host Logan 25-15, 25-23, then beat Chapmanville 25-17, 19-25, 25-12 in a match that went three sets.
Chapmanville finished 1-1 in the tri-match as the Lady Tigers prevailed 25-10, 25-20 over Logan (0-2).
“We came in second in the county and congratulations goes to Man,” Chapmanville coach Johnny Williamson said. “Orlando Washington has his team ready as always.”
Three returning starters are back for the Lady Tigers — Savannah Wiley, Addy Lucas and Abby Marcum.
“I have three returning starters for Chapmanville but I was pleased with the play of new girls in our first matches,” Coach Williamson said. “Savannah Wiley is our senior leader that we depend on. She is a strong player that could play at the next level. Addy Lucas is a senior that holds our team together and hates to lose. Abby Marcum is a returning starter. She’s a great athlete and is learning the game of volleyball. Abby is a junior.”
CRHS will also look to junior Shian Meeks, who returns to the team after a one-year hiatus.
“Shian Meeks played as a sophomore but not last year. She will be fine in a couple games,” Willimson said.
Sophomore setter Katherine Muncey is also pressing for playing time.
“She’s a sophomore setter with a bright future,” Coach Williamson said.
Junior digger Carley Cook and sophomore hitter Emily Triplett will also be counted on.
“Carley Cook is learning to be a setter and has a great serve. Emily Triplett will be needed a lot this season and really accepts her role only being a sophomore,” Williamson said.
Rounding out the CRHS roster are: junior Hali Baldwin; sophomores Chasity Depta, Taylor Killen, Jessica Hurst, Siara Conley, Emily Hurst, Summer Butcher and Haven Adkins, who stands 6-foot tall; and freshmen Madison Fortney, Kelsey Lemmon, Demi Adkins, Casey Butcher and Kenda Osborne.
“We have a lot of young talent but the question will be can we become a team?” Williamson said. “It was clear Wednesday night that Man is a team. I hope we can get to that point this season. The last two years we have been a four seed in our section and beat the number one team only to lose in double elimination. Our section is very tough but as a coach it’s the state tournament or bust. You can’t win it if you don’t make it. As a whole our program is growing. It’s on a upward swing.”
Chapmanville was slated to return to action on Saturday at home against Tolsia. CRHS then heads to Ravenswood on Tuesday and Mingo Central on Thursday before hosting Wyoming East on Sept. 14.
(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).