Prep Volleyball: Lady Bulldogs looking for continued growth
Thomasville equaled its best season on the volleyball court since rejoining the Central Carolina Conference in 2009, winning eight games last year.
With a new coach on board in 2013, the Lady Bulldogs are hoping to continue its improvement over the last few years.
Moranda DeSpain will take over the program this season. A graduate of Alexander Central High School, DeSpain attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, playing club volleyball while there.
With a good turnout for both the junior varsity and varsity programs, DeSpain in excited about the enthusiasm from the players.
“We had to make cuts so that is good,” she said. “So far we are looking good. We have continued to improve since the first day of practice.”
Front row junior Christina Coleman will be a leader for the Lady Bulldogs. With great height, she will be called upon to do a lot of work on the front line.
“Tina is our captain and is a strong, all-around player,” said DeSpain. “She displays sportsmanship very well.”
Jashana Thomas is another top returning front row player. She brings a lot of power and can be a streaky hitter above the net.
Alexus Nelson will see time at the setter position, while Kayla Mock, Megan Kinley and Jaz’myne Bowden provide depth up front.
The CCC is always tough with teams like West Davidson, Central Davidson and East Davidson leading the way. With the progress made in the preseason, DeSpain feels her team could compete with the upper programs.
“We have a strong conference, but I have a feeling with the skill we have this should be a really good year,” said DeSpain. “We want to play hard, be a team and win as much as we can.”