TENNERTON – With a strong senior class on hand, Buckhannon-Upshur head volleyball coach Ashley Stanton is hoping for good things from her 2021 version of the Lady Bucs.
With the loss of just one senior on the roster from last season, All-State Second Teamer McKenzie Reynolds, the squad features a roster filled with experience.
“Our greatest strength this year is the talent in the senior class, which is made up of Meghan Bailey, Kloey Chapman, Destiny Chidester, Caroline Frye, Shelby McDaniels, Cadence Ringer and Kaitlyn Shannon,” remarked Stanton.
Stanton is very familiar with this senior class as she coached them at the middle school level.
“This group of athletes were sixth graders at the middle school when coach Lisa Crites and I started coaching,” noted Stanton. “We have been together ever since.”
A pair of juniors in Kendal Currence and Tori Perkins are also expected to help the Lady Bucs this season.
“They are both huge assets to this season's team as well,” stated Stanton.
Stanton said the team’s chemistry has also been phenomenal this preseason.
“The cohesiveness and overall chemistry of the team is another great strength,” stated Stanton. “A great team is one who not only celebrates the victories, but one who is also uplifting in times of defeat. I have seen this group of athletes truly utilize their individual strengths and weaknesses for the good of the team.”
The Lady Bucs are coming off a 15-6 season last year but did not have a chance to play in the sectional tournament because of Upshur County landing in Orange on the COVID-19 map.
“COVID-19 is still creating uncertainty and additional stress in the sports world with continuously changing rules and regulations,” said Stanton about this upcoming season.
The Lady Bucs will once again have to navigate through a difficult Big 10 Conference schedule.
“The Big 10 Conference is always very competitive with teams such as Bridgeport and Philip Barbour, who most always appear at the state tournament,” remarked Stanton. “I feel that we will be competitive in the conference. We finished up with an 8-4 record in the conference during the 2020 season, so we are looking to improve our record this season.”
Stanton is beginning her fourth year as head coach of the Lady Bucs.
“I am very excited and honored to be working with such a great group of athletes,” she concluded.
The Lady Bucs will have a road scrimmage at Liberty on Tuesday, Aug. 24 then open their regular season at Lewis County on Thursday, Aug. 26.