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Lady Rebels look to improve on start

The beginning of any season sometimes can be tough. A coach has to find the right combination of players, while the players have to gell as an unit.
West Lincoln volleyball head coach Rick Rose doesn’t feel those two things are the problem for his team. He believes his team should have more leadership.
“There is a little lack of team leadership, it would be nice if one of my players would step forward and take that position. I know if one of these girls would start, then other people would jump on the bandwagon and respond to that,” he said.
The Lady Rebels are currently 2-3, after dropping Wednesday’s match versus the North Lincoln Lady Knights.
While Rose feels nobody has really stepped up as a leader, he doesn’t believe that’s the only problem.
“The team is very competitive. There is no doubt in my mind that we can win more games than we lose. Leadership is part of the problem and the other is not really practicing some of the things we’re weak in. That’s probably my fault.”
The Lady Rebels went 13-10 last season and finished fifth in the Midwest 2A Conference. From that group only one starter returns to this year’s team.
Senior captain Beverly Hutchinson, a setter, is a three-year starter under Rose.
“She’s probably the best setter I have. She understands the game well and reads everything real well. I really don’t have to coach her during game time because she’s very perceptive,” Rose said.
Fellow seniors Paula Jarrett and Katie Thornburg, both hitters, are Rose’s other captains.
“Paula’s probably my strongest hitter and one of my better servers. Katie’s probably one of my better defensive back row players,” Rose said.
Senior Teosha Jackson, who left West Lincoln a couple of years ago for Charlotte, also is a key contributor.
“She’s been a big help to the team and I’m glad to have her back,” Rose said.
April Norman and Sheana Black are two juniors that are hoping to make their mark.
“April’s a very strong hitter and was one my better JV players. Sheana didn’t play last year because she was a cheerleader, but I’m very glad to have her back out there,” Rose said.
Rose is pleased with his team’s effort and is not quite ready to push the panic button.
“It’s still early in the season. Every year I’ve played Maiden they’re always pretty tough. I think by losing the first couple of matches I think we’re still trying to find out what really works. I think the kids get a little frustrated with me because I change things, but all I’m trying to do is find what will work,” he said.
The team has circled next week’s match against Lincolnton on their schedule. Ross believes it could be a pivotal moment for his team.
“I haven’t given up and I never have, but it’s just a matter of finding that right combination. If we go in and beat them then you don’t know what it will do for the season, but if we lose it will be real tough to rebound.”
by John Mark Brooks

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