TENNERTON – As Buckhannon-Upshur head volleyball coach Ashley Stanton settles into her third year as mentor of the program, she will look to build on last year’s 16-win season.
To improve on that mark though, she is going to have to rely on just one senior on the roster.
McKenzie Reynolds is the lone senior on this year’s roster and Stanton will be turning to her for leadership on the court.
“The team will be led this year by our only senior, McKenzie Reynolds,” stated Stanton. “We look forward to her offensive and defensive playing at the net.”
Behind Reynolds though is a strong junior class of 10 players that include Meghan Bailey, Kloey Chapman, Destiny Chidester, Allie Claypoole, Caroline Frye, Kaitlyn Hollen, Jada Kelley, Olivia McKisic, Cadence Ringer and Kaitlyn Shannon.
The roster also shows four sophomores – Kendal Currence, Catherine Neely, Tori Perkins, and Emily Sharp – along with three freshmen – Abigail Hurst, Genevieve Gregory and Grace Snider.
“I am looking forward to seeing what the girls have in store for myself and assistant coach Lisa Crites this season,” stated Stanton. “I think the greatest strength for the team this year is the overall cohesiveness and motivation of each individual player.”
Like every other team in the state, the Lady Bucs are adhering to the strict guide lines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
”Our biggest challenge thus far this season has been keeping up with the ever-changing restrictions and guidelines due to COVID-19,” noted Stanton.
Right now the Lady Bucs have 31 regular-season matches lined up including a very tough slate of Big 10 Conference games.
*The Big 10 Conference is challenging as always,” remarked Stanton. “We play teams such as Bridgeport, RCB and Philip Barbour who are very skilled offensive teams.”
The Lady Bucs will open their schedule this Wednesday, Sept. 2 with a quad at University with Trinity and Clay-Battelle.
“I look forward to seeing what the season holds for us,” concluded Stanton. “I appreciate the work the girls put into every practice, and for a great assistant coach in Lisa Crites.”
Buckhannon-Upshur Volleyball Roster
No. Name Class
2 McKenzie Reynolds Senior
10 Meghan Bailey Junior
8 Kloey Chapman Junior
21 Destiny Chidester Junior
9 Allie Claypoole Junior
6 Caroline Frye Junior
13 Kaitlyn Hollen Junior
1 Jada Kelley Junior
19 Olivia McKisic Junior
15 Cadence Ringer Junior
24 Kaitlyn Shannon Junior
20 Kendal Currence Sophomore
22 Catherine Neely Sophomore
17 Tori Perkins Sophomore
18 Emily Sharp Sophomore
5 Abigail Hurst Freshman
7 Genevieve Gregory Freshman
Buckhannon-Upshur Volleyball Schedule
2 at University Varsity Quad with Trinity and Clay-Battelle
8 Brooke and Preston (varsity only)
10 at North Marion with Preston County (varsity only)
15 Grafton and Bridgeport
17 at Liberty Harrison
22 Fairmont Senior and Lincoln (varsity only)
24 East Fairmont and University
29 at Bridgeport
1 at East Fairmont (varsity only)
10 at Parkersburg South Varsity Quad
13 Lewis County
15 at Elkins
16 JV Quad with Gilmer, Lewis and Pendleton Counties
17 Home Varsity Quad with Gilmer, Calhoun and Berkeley Springs
19 at Lincoln
20 Robert C. Byrd
26 at Philip Barbour with North Marion
29 Gilmer County
3 Grace Snider Freshman