Lanett volleyball defeats Randolph County

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, August 31, 2022

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The Lanett varsity volleyball team defeated Randolph County 3-0 on Tuesday to advance to 4-0 on the season.

Lanett won the first game 25-20, the second game 25-19 and the third game 25-20.

Krisse Story has been coaching Lanett volleyball for 10 years, but she’s impressed with her team this year through the first month of the season.

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“We’re going to ask the girls to bring that same consistency, tenacity and work ethic they’ve had since the start of the summer,” Story said.

“They’ve been working since the spring, and I’ve been asking them to build on that. Each match we have to get better.”

Story doesn’t want her team to get complacent despite the impressive start to the season.

“We were a little sloppy tonight,” Story said. 

“We won, and I’m happy with that, but we were just a little bit sloppy. Our back row still played just a little but weak. We’re tweaking some things with that, but overall I’m satisfied. We got a W, and we’re 4-0.”

One area of difficulty for Lanett is finding out where their weaknesses are when as they win.

“It’s a little bit tougher because the girls see it as we’re winning, but we’re going to face tougher competition,” Story said.

“In May, we set out to win the area championship. We’ve never done that before. Somebody else may think that’s small but to us it’s a big feat. If we’re going to win an area championship, we’re going to have to keep getting better. We want to go to Montgomery and play more than one game. We’ve been to super regionals, but we want to play more than one game. We’re winning, but we have work to do.”

Story was very pleased with her team’s blocking in their win over Randolph County.

“I was very impressed with our blocking,” Story said. “That’s one of our strongest areas.”

The Panthers will have a week-long break before their next game, but that doesn’t mean the team will stop practicing.

“We have another tough game,” Story said. “We have some area games coming up that we’re going to have to work hard to win. We don’t skip a game, but we’re always prepared for area. We’re going to work. We’re going to end practice a little early, but we’re going to work. That’s what we do.”

The Panthers will play Randolph County again on Sept. 8 on the road.