CHHS volleyball takes down Ariton in season opener

Published 10:46 pm Thursday, August 19, 2010

The volleyball season has officially begun for the Charles Henderson Trojans.

And it did so with a victory for the varsity squad, as it defeated Ariton on the road, in five games, 18-25, 25-13, 27-25, 23-25 and 15-11.

“We won, but it did not come easy for us,” head coach Jennifer Sikes said Thursday night.

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“I don’t think the girls are quite settled into their rotations yet. They haven’t gotten used to playing with one another.

“But they dug deep (Thursday night) and got the win,” the coach added. “They wanted it.”

Sikes said that Courtney Wood, Becca Hartley and Lauren Debruyne all stepped up and played big roles in the Trojans’ win.

“We lost a lot of leadership from last year,” Sikes said. “And I know it’s going to take come time before we are playing the kind of volleyball we are capable of playing.

“We had a lot of girls do some good things for us, which is always good to see,” the coach added.

There was one aspect that Sikes said the team needed to improve upon as the season progresses.

“Our severing is really not where it needs to be right now.

“Lauren and Courtney both did a good job for us serving (Thursday night), but we really have not spent as much time on serving so far, but that will change,” Sikes said.

In the opening match of the day, the CHHS JV team fell to Ariton, 18-25, 21-25.

Both CHHS teams will be back in action again on Tuesday at Highland Home.

The JV will again lead things off with its match at 4:30 p.m. with the two varsity teams to follow.

After Tuesday’s match, the Trojans will find themselves playing at home for the next four matches, starting on Thursday, Aug. 26 against Carroll.