“Last season, we went to the state playoffs and lost our first match in the postseason,” Henderson said. “We have set the goal to do even better this season. We’re a force that can compete with anybody in the state.”
Redan has begun the season winning 13 of its first 15 matches, including three area contests. After finishing 2012 with 20 wins, the Raiders are more than halfway past that mark in 2013 with many matches, including the postseason left.
Redan came into the 2013 season without the services of junior Kayla Frazier, who led the team in assists in 2012 and is out with an injury. The charge has been led by the three captains of the Raiders, seniors D’Maia Devoe, Kalimah Wali and junior Melanie Abron. Wali, a defensive setter, has the second-most aces in the county. “She brings a fire to the court and makes sure that the team fixes mistakes on the court and she goes after every ball while being a great server,” Henderson said.
Abron has piloted the offense as a setter, placing among the county leaders in assists, and was named to the All-Area team last season. “She always keeps the team’s spirit up by staying positive and encouraging,” Henderson said.
The Raiders have also taken advantage of a devastating serving attack, leading all of DeKalb County in aces. “Every time we get an ace, it fires the entire team up,” Henderson said. “When we serve one, you want to keep doing it and discouraging other team.”
One thing that hasn’t lessened is the support the team has received from the community and the other teams within the school. “The interest in our team has increased and we had a lot of girls trying out for the team this year,” Henderson said. “We have strong support from other sports, especially the baseball team, who won the state title last year and showing our girls how to possibly do the same.”
The Raiders will return to action on Thursday against M.L. King and Cross Keys.