MAN — The Man High School volleyball team is looking forward to the Class AA challenge.
Man played the last three years in the state tournament as a Single-A school and will be looking for a fourth straight appearance — this time as a Double-A school.
The Lady Billies are scheduled to open the season on Thursday at Chapmanville Regional High School as Man is set to face off against the host Lady Tigers and Logan in the Logan County Tri-match.
Last year, Man lost its opening round state tournament match to Tyler Consolidated 3-0 as the Lady Billies fell 25-14, 25-10, 25-15.
Man lost two seniors — Hannah Harvey and Tiffany Belcher — from last year’s squad.
Lady Billies’ coach Orlando Washington is optimistic about this year’s team.
“We are now up a class, but our schedule has pretty much stayed the same,” Washington said. “My expectations are the same as they are in any year — have a winning season, a winning record at home, win the sectional, win the regional and make it to the state tournament and win it. I just feel like you need to have those type goals if you want to be successful and as a program that’s were we are at right now.”
Man will be challenged with a number of tournaments this fall.
“We also compete in a number of tournaments during the season and I would like for us to fair better in every tournament that we participate in this season,” Coach Washington said. “I believe that my team could be good this year with continued player development. This team could surprise a lot of people.”
On the Man roster are seniors Hunter Harvey and Shauntae Miller and juniors Brooke Burgess, Breona Childress, Sasha Moody and Lauren Zealy.
The sophomores are Addison Gibson, Allie Meade, Madie Meade and Alexys Salyers. The freshmen are Brooklyn Cheek, Baylee Hurley, Brooklyn Salyer and Kayla Clark.
“I expect each one of these young ladies to do their jobs when they are on the court,” Washington said. “Each position on the court is of equal importance. So I expect these ladies to perform their jobs when they are called upon. If this happens then we will be successful. I just expect these young ladies to support each other and be a team through the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am really excited to see them play and hope that we can reach our full potential and continue to keep building our program.”
2016 Man High School
Sept. 1: vs. Chapmanville (vs. CRHS, Logan), 6 p.m.
Sept. 13: Westside, 6 p.m.
Sept. 15: at Wyoming East, 6 p.m.
Sept. 17: at Ravenswood tournament, 10 a.m.
Sept. 20: vs. Lincoln County, Logan (at LCHS), 6 p.m.
Sept. 22: at Scott, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24: at Greenbrier East tournament, 10 a.m.
Sept. 27: at Westside, 6 p.m.
Oct. 4: Lincoln County, Wyoming East, 6 p.m.
Oct. 6: Logan, 6 p.m.
Oct. 11: Scott, 6 p.m.
Oct. 15: at Buffalo tournament, 10 a.m.
Oct. 20: Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Oct. 27: Chapmanville, 6 p.m.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).