Lady Grangers making strides
by By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor
When the 2012 season came to a close, LaGrange High volleyball coach Angie Newton knew she had some work to do.
The Lady Grangers were a veteran team a year ago, with 10 seniors leading the way.
Heading into a new season, those veteran players were gone, and it was up to a new group of players to lead the way.
While wins have been hard to come by, Newton likes the direction this team is headed, and the Lady Grangers got a much-needed win on Tuesday against Banneker.
“We’re young this year,” Newton said. “We graduated 10 seniors, so we’re kind of rebuilding this year. But I’m very proud of what the girls are doing, and how well they’re getting along. The camaraderie is great with these girls.”
LaGrange’s first match on Tuesday was against a tough Sandy Creek squad that has a player who is set to play volleyball at Georgia Tech.
After losing the first game 25-10, LaGrange was more competitive in the second game and lost 25-15.
After Sandy Creek beat Banneker, LaGrange and Banneker met in the day’s final match.
LaGrange got out to a big lead in the first game before holding on for a 25-19 victory.
In the second game, LaGrange started fast and never looked back en route to a 25-10 win.
Aleea Barnes served out the final few points for LaGrange, and Joselyne Ramirez finished things off with a kill.
Kyndajah Fannin, one of the few players who came into the season with varsity experience, made a number of impact plays at the net.
“It’s a really good group,” Newton said. “I’m really proud of them. It’s just going to take time and experience. It’ll take us time to get where we need to be.”
LaGrange will get plenty of time on the court this week.
The Lady Grangers will host Newnan today at 6 p.m. , and they’ll be at home again on Thursday against Harris County and Central-Carroll.
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