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The Lady Viking Volleyball team has gotten off to a hot start, opening their regular season at 2-1. They have split a pair of matches with BHP and defeated Ninety Six yesterday in straight sets. They open their Region 2-AAA schedule next Tuesday (Sept 13) at Palmetto. Their quick start to the season is the result of 5 outstanding senior players. We interviewed each of them recently …

Volleyball 101

SARAH GRACE CHRISLEY

 

  • What position do you play? Middle and right side hitter
  • How long have you played volleyball? 6 years
  • Where do you plan to go to college? Any sports while there? College is undecided. I plan on playing one of the three sports I participate in, basketball being the main one.
  • Describe another senior on your team in 5 words or less. Alyssa Temple … empowering, selfless, positive attitude, God-fearing, determined   
  • How do you plan to lead your team this season? I plan to lead them with the mentality that we can be better than we were yesterday and that with hard work and true devotion we can prove that the female athletes at Emerald are not what people think. I also plan on using the Lord to influence my decisions on how I can lead these girls to not only be better athletes but also to be better people. With a good attitude and encouragement I feel like we can beat all odds. We are family.
  • What is your favorite volleyball memory at Emerald? Being able to look into the stands and see my dad helping me through it all. [He guides] me to not lose my temper and to stay focused on the fact that in every game I need to play like I will never play again.

 

 

ALYSSA TEMPLE

 

  • What position do you play? Libero
  • How long have you played volleyball? 6 years
  • Where do you plan to go to college? Any sports while there? I want to go to Erskine play volleyball there.
  • Describe another senior on your team in 5 words or less. Sarah Grace Chrisley … Encouraging, Helpful, Great team player.  
  • How do you plan to lead your team this season?  I plan to stay positive and encourage everyone.
  • What is your favorite volleyball memory at Emerald? When we broke down on the side of the road on the way to a game and we started playing volleyball with a paper ball on the side of the road in someone’s yard.

 

 

ELIZABETH SELF

 

  • What position do you play? Setter and right side
  • How long have you played volleyball? 8 years
  • Where do you plan to go to college? Any sports while there? I am currently undecided on my college choice but my goal is to receive an academic and athletic scholarship to run track.
  • Describe another senior on your team in 5 words or less. Maddie Williams … smart, athletic, hardworking, BEAST!
  • How do you plan to lead your team this season? I plan to lead my team by working hard and encouraging everyone to be positive and to never give up.
  • What is your favorite volleyball memory at Emerald? When the student section was filled with friends cheering for the Vikings.

 

 

ELAM MCELRATH

 

  • What position do you play? I’ve tried all of the positions on the front row since I first started playing volleyball. Left hitter, middle hitter, and this season, right hitter. Right is challenging because it’s mostly a left-handed position and I’m right-handed, but I think it’s my favorite.
  • How long have you played volleyball? I’ve played volleyball since 7th grade. My coach, Katrina Sacoco, really helped to encourage and cultivate my love for the sport.
  • Where do you plan to go to college? Any sports while there?  I plan to go to USC, although I most likely will not be playing sports there.
  • Describe another senior on your team in 5 words or less. Sarah Grace Chrisley … energetic, passionate, hardworking, athletic, supportive
  • How do you plan to lead your team this season? I plan to encourage my team more than anything this year.
  • What is your favorite volleyball memory at Emerald? When the bus broke down on the way to a game and we played volleyball with crumpled up paper balls.

 

 

MADELINE WILLIAMS

 

  • What position do you play? Outside hitter
  • How long have you played volleyball? I started playing volleyball in the 5th grade.
  • Where do you plan to go to college? Any sports while there? Still undecided on college
  • Describe another senior on your team in 5 words or less. Elizabeth Self … someone who loves to compete
  • How do you plan to lead your team this season?  I plan on leading the team by using my experience to help guide my teammates when they might be having a rough game to prevent them from getting too overwhelmed.
  • What is your favorite volleyball memory at Emerald? When we went to Blue Ridge and beat them when I was a sophomore. They had a really big crowd and we won one of the sets 32-30 so it was a very tight game.

 

 

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