This is the last chance

Senior heavy Hartselle volleyball team ready for state run

Caleb Suggs

Hartselle Enquirer

 

“I try to tell my seniors ever year but even more so this year that this is your last chance at a run for state.” That is the message Hartselle head Volleyball coach, Tanya Lybarger has been relaying to her team this preseason, a team that is led by seven seniors. “I think whenever you are an underclassman, the seniors above try to make you understand” Lybarger said, “but I don’t think it really hits until you are as senior yourself that this your last chance at a championship.”

Hartselle comes into the 2016 season with a very familiar team, as they didn’t suffer many losses. However, the players they did lose could be hard to replace as they prepare for the season. The Tigers lost two players in the middle in Madelyn Cheatham and Kayla Key and lost an outside hitter in Bailey Powell. “Losing two middle players is a difficult and so is losing Bailey who had plenty of experience” Lybarger said. “We have plenty of players returning but what we are having to move them around to different positions.”

Among the seven seniors that will be on the Tiger’s squad will be Megan Zuck who will be a key leader for Hartselle. Zuck comes in as a four year starter and has plenty of experience. Other players returning will be Maggie Anderson, Jordan Finn and Gabrielle Bili. Finn saw plenty of action last year as the libero, but will move to a new position this season while Anderson will take over as libero. Bili will play as the Tiger’s lone setter this season. Rounding out the seniors are Hayden Hanserd, Karly Alexander and Britni Bell. Hanserd and Alexander both saw action last year and hope to have important roles this year. Bell is a newcomer to Hartselle as she transferred from Falkville but is no stranger to varisty action and early reports from Lybarger indicates that she is fitting in well with her team. The rest of the team will include all sophomores and under as the team has no juniors. Lexie Smith, who received playing time as a freshman, Abby Arias and Lilyanna Cartee round out the team.

Lybarger hopes that having a senior heavy team will help the Tigers compete in the very tough class 6A division will she describe as a division that has only gotten tougher. “6A has always been one of the toughest if not the toughest division” Lybarger said,  “now this year Hazel Green has moved down to 6A and John Carroll has moved from 6A south to 6A North which makes it even tougher on us.” Despite this, Lybarger believes her team has what it takes to compete. “I think one of our strengths is our team chemistry which will really help us.”

Lybarger believes this team can make a run at state but she also hopes that they can pull off wins in other tournaments such as the Morgan County tournament. “I would like to see us win the county,” Lybarger said. “We always beat the county teams but we never seem to be able to finish in the county tournament at least not consistently.”

Editor's picks

Heartbreaking finish: Hartselle comes up a run short in state baseball finals

Decatur

Fallen Morgan County officers remembered, families honored  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle drops Game 1 to Hillcrest, needs two wins for state title

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Despite title loss, Hartselle thankful for state experience 

Editor's picks

Hartselle baseball legend dies

Breaking News

Hartselle baseball legend William Booth dies at 79

At a Glance

ALDOT patching area of Thompson Road tomorrow, Thursday

At a Glance

Spring-time market day in Hartselle scheduled for May 18 

Hartselle

New Crestline Elementary School welcomes students

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle industry closing, affecting more than 150 jobs  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Habitat for Humanity applications for homeownership available June 3 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

State seeking death penalty for Fort Payne woman accused of pushing victim off cliff

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Pilot of ultralight dies in Hartselle plane crash

Editor's picks

Northern lights visible from north Alabama

Hartselle

Hartselle students to attend Boys State

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

High scorers: 42 Hartselle students a part of ACT 30 plus club

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle projects budget surplus based on midyear numbers 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Planned Hartselle library already piquing interest 

Brewer

Students use practical life skills at Morgan County 4-H competition

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

After 13 years underground, the cicadas are coming 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle students collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House

MULTIMEDIA-FRONT PAGE

Priceville students design art for SRO’s police car 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Junior Thespians excel at state festival 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

$15k raised for community task force at annual banquet  

x