TENNERTON – It was a whirlwind of a first season for the Buckhannon-Upshur head volleyball coach Ashley Stanton last year.
She was hired for the job right before the practice season was set to begin, moving from the middle school to the high school, then she was trying to plan her wedding and honeymoon on top of everything else.
Now able to start her second season a little more stress-free, Stanton is hoping for some good things from her Lady Bucs this fall.
Stanton will try to improve on last year’s 17-win mark with just two seniors and one junior on the team.
“I am excited to see what the season brings with new leadership from seniors, Abigail Vincent and Johnna Smith along with junior McKenzie Reynolds,” noted Stanton. “This year's senior class includes players on our first volleyball team as coaches. Abbie and Johnna were eighth graders during our first year as coaches at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School in 2015.
“These two girls have become great athletes over the years, and it will be difficult for us to see them conclude their senior season.”
Stanton will turn to a younger roster filled with sophomores and freshman for the 2019 season.
“The Lady Bucs continue into this season with the rest of the roster being very young including 14 sophomores Meghan Bailey, Kloey Chapman, Destiny Chidester, Allie Claypoole, Caroline Frye, Kaitlyn Hollen, Jada Kelley, Shelby McDaniels, Kaley McKisic, Olivia McKisic, Cadence Ringer, Kaitlyn Shannon, Martha Stoldt and Jaeneika Westfall, along with five freshman McKinley Bonnett, Kendal Currence, Morgan Henderson, Tori Perkins, and Emily Sharp,” noted Stanton.
Stanton also has the stability and luxury of the same assistant coach for the season in Lisa Crites, who begins her fifth season patrolling the sidelines with her.
“Coach Lisa Crites and I are looking forward to this season as we go into our fifth year coaching together,” remarked Stanton.
The Lady Bucs will open their season Sept. 4 at Gilmer County.
“As always, we look forward to working with such a great group of talented girls,” concluded Stanton. “We are excited to see what the season will bring.”