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Rebuilding Woodland volleyball plays season opener
by Ericka Birdsong
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Woodland varsity volleyball player Delaney Flatford warms up before a playoff match last season at Allatoona High School.
Woodland varsity volleyball player Delaney Flatford warms up before a playoff match last season at Allatoona High School.
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Woodland volleyball played its season opener last week, coming out with more losses than wins but realizing they have an eager group of players, the coach said.

The Lady Wildcats hosted Hiram, Marietta and Cass. Woodland fell to Hiram and Marietta 2-0 but defeated Cass 2-0.

With only one returning starter this year in Marissa Dubose, head coach David Condon said his team is “experiencing a rebuilding year.” However, Condon did point out some positives.

“Positives include that the girls are eager and fired up to improve and we should steadily improve as the season progresses,” he said.

For their first day of competition, the top players were Jacquelyn Campbell and Dubose. Campbell had three kills, five aces, 13 assists and eight digs and Dubose tallied nine kills, three aces, four digs and three blocks.

Dubose is not only the sole returning starter, but she is also the only senior and the only player on the team with “significant” varsity experience, according to Condon. With two players on the roster who never played volleyball before, he said there are areas of their game that could use some work.

“Our area with greatest need of improvement right now is passing, but we’ll get better,” he said.

With this being the start of the season, the summer workouts had to play a major role in the team’s performance as it only had one week of actual practice time prior to the matches.

“The summer [workouts] definitely helped the girls who came,” Condon said.

Woodland was scheduled to face off against Hiram again Tuesday as it traveled to the Paulding County school for two matches which also included Sonoraville.

With Hiram finishing its 2012 season with a 31-10 record and making it to the second round of playoffs and Sonoraville finishing 38-10 and going to the third round of the playoffs, Condon knew the games would be tough, but it was for a reason.

“I tried to schedule some harder teams at the beginning if the season to show the younger girls what it takes at the varsity level,” he said.
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