Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Ripley volleyball team talented but inexperienced

  • Lady Vikings will improve as season progresses
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  • RIPLEY - The Lady Viking volleyball team heads into their 2012 schedule as a very young and inexperienced team. What the girls lack in game experience they make up for in effort and enthusiasm.
    Head coach Corby Stalnaker enters his tenth year as the team's skipper. His decade of service to the sport includes a 2008 state runner up finish for the Lady Viking spikers.
    Juniors Kacie Whitney and Dusti Fisher return to the court with the most experience and coach Stalnaker will lean on their experience and leadership this season.
    "They are both smart, athletic and talented. We need their leadership and presence on the floor to be successful," said Stalnaker.
    Sophomores Ashley Mellinger and Kaitlynn Weaver are expected to make major contributions.
    Also contributing significantly will be sophomore Katelyn Stover, junior Alicia Boggs, the team's only senior Lyndsay Anthony, and several frosh including Brooke Carter, Aubrey Dunlap, Mickayla Murphy, Breana Swisher and Haley Taylor.
    After the team's tri at Charleston catholic and a Nicholas County tournament, the team sets at 0-5-2 on the young season but coach Stalnaker looks for his squad to improve as game experience increases.
    "We have a tough schedule but I believe we can win some matches as we go along. We just have to keep working hard and improve as we go."
    Ripley hosts only four times this season so they will be on the road often in 2012. They return to the Ripley Health Center on September 27 as they welcome Hurricane and Charleston Catholic in Tri competition.
    Cross county rival Ravenswood come to Ripley on October 23 as the Vikings host a tri that also includes Lincoln County.
    Look for the ladies to become a solid second half of the schedule team as they get their footing and realize their potential.
    This will be a season to gain experience and build a foundation for 2013 as they will return virtually the whole squad.
    Look for full coverage of the Lady Vikings Tri with Oak Hill and Nitro in a future JN edition.
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