Four seniors and a group of talented newcomers have a Washington & Lee graduate anxious to get the season underway. With seven players lost to graduation, head coach William Hutt is looking for his ladies to be competitive this season.
“I have a good group of young athletes, led by four seniors and I am very excited to see how they do this year,” Hutt said.
Senior Alexa Weeks, last year’s second all-area Fredericksburg team member will help led the list of top returners. She is joined by fellow seniors Victoria Minor, Zoe Davis and Savannah Seager.
“The transitions for the young players moving up is going really well. They really bonded with the players who are returning from last year’s team. We have really good team chemistry right now,” Hutt said.
Juniors Abbey Perkins, Katie Allen, Morgan Hutt, Kaitlyn Reamy and Jen Willoughby highlight the group of top newcomers this year. They are followed by sophomores Ashley McGill, Veronica Wyszynski and freshman Devany Jones.
In preparation for the upcoming season, Hutt said the Lady Eagles training was highlighted by a trip to Liberty University.
“Our team has worked hard this summer. We actually went to a team camp at Liberty University and learned a lot of great information and competed with teams from everywhere in the United States,” Hutt said.
Maria Hutt, wife to Drew, will join the varsity team as assistant this year as former assistant coach Kelsey Farmer will take over the head coaching duties for the JV Team.
Last year the Eagles and county district rival Colonial Beach Drifters did not reach the playoffs finishing behind Lancaster, Essex and top finishers Rappahannock and Colonial Beach.
“My goal for this year is just to compete,” Hutt said. “I want to play good volleyball every time we set foot on the court and I believe the wins will come if we do that.”
Tori Swann (2nd team all district & 2nd team Free lance star All-Area), Haley Balderson, Katie Perkins, Amanda Grimm, Tamara Tate, Amanda Straughan and Atiya Aiken are players lost after last season due to graduation.
Washington & Lee’s Varsity Volleyball Team is off to 1-2 start to the season after splitting wins with Caroline and dropping one to Middlesex.
On Aug. 15, the lone win to start the season came in a 3-1 on the road at Caroline with the Lady Eagles winning in four sets (25-16, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-13).
W&L’s Victoria Minor led the team with a total of 16 digs and nine kills in the 3-2 loss to Middlesex on Aug. 22. Minor also led the team tying Devany Jones with three aces and Savannah Seager and Alexa Weeks with a block.
Then on Aug. 27 in their second contest against Caroline, the Lady Eagles drop their second game of the week Seager leading the team with seven kills.
Ashley McGill gave the team an edge with eight service aces on the night while Weeks provided defense collecting two blocks. Jones collected 20 assists on the night followed by 12 digs coming from Minor.
The Eagles played on Sept. 3 at King & Queen High School following Labor Day weekend. Their next match will be at Middlesex on Sept. 5, at home against King William on Sept. 10 and then again on their own home court against Rappahannock County. All matches begin at 6 p.m. with the JV followed by the Varsity.