Callaway hosts pair of home matches

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 21, 2016

HOGANSVILLE – It’s a challenging early-season schedule for the Callaway High volleyball team, and there’s a reason for that.

Those games provide a stout test for the Lady Cavaliers which helps them prepare for area play, and it also gives the players an idea of what it takes to achieve individual success in the sport.

On Thursday, Callaway hosted Shaw and Harris County and lost to them both, but head coach Heather Smith still felt it was a valuable day.

“It’s a learning opportunity,” Smith said. “These teams that come from Columbus, a lot of their girls play year-round volleyball. They play in the summer, they play Tsunami, which is like a club team out of Columbus. When I talk to my girls, I tell them, when you want to play at the next level, you’re going to have to do something extra. We always say, you can’t spell extraordinary, without the extra, so you’re going to have to do club, or you’re going to have to take some lessons.”

Callaway lost in straight sets to Shaw and Harris County, but it hung tough with both teams.

Alicia Marks, who has been one of Callaway’s most consistent performers early in the season, was an effective player in Thursday’s matches.

“She’s a setter that’s just stepped up,” Smith said.

Smith said Cheney Eubanks has also excelled as a back-court player.

“She’s really settled into her role as a setter, and kind of stepped up to help us,” Smith said.

Smith said Senior Jasemine Drake has also been a key player for the Lady Cavaliers.

“She has kind of found her timing for hitting,” Smith said. “When she gets set the ball, she usually capitalizes.”

Smith said the support the team has received during its home matches has been much appreciated.

On Thursday, many of the football players stopped by to cheer for their class-mates.

“There’s a lot of coaches, or just community people that come out and support us,” Smith said. “We definitely appreciate them coming out and showing their faith and their support not just for volleyball, but for Callaway, too. Football always does a fantastic job of supporting us. They finished early, so a lot of their players came over and watched us play.”

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The Callaway Lady Cavaliers took on Shaw and Harris County on Thursday at home. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News Callaway Lady Cavaliers took on Shaw and Harris County on Thursday at home. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News

By Kevin Eckleberry