Last Thursday, August 11, 2022, the Burke County Lady Bears volleyball team traveled to Westside for a tri-match with Westside and Augusta Prep. This season, the Lady Bears only have three returning starters. Regardless, the team was “eager to accept the challenge of competing at a high level,” said head coach David Skinner.
The Bears won their first matches against Westside 26-6 and 25-10. The second match with Augusta Prep was very tight and competitive with several long rallies. Unfortunately for the Bears, a few players were injured during the first set. The players who remained stayed focused and played hard. Overall, the Lady Bears fell short, losing 25-16 and 25-21.
This didn’t stop strong outings from some of Burke County’s star players. Tre’yonna Jones recorded five kills, five aces, and one block; Gloriahna Roberson had four assists and six aces; Destiny Odom recorded two kills, four aces, and one block; and Erika Lee Durden had two kills and two aces.
Coach Skinner said he was “pleased to see the chemistry, execution, grit, and fight of [the] team, especially in the face of adversity.” Overall, it seems that this first set of matches serve as a good indicator of how the rest of the season will pan out. Skinner continued his praise saying, “all of our players made significant contributions to our effectiveness as a team on Thursday.”
The Lady Bears play their next set of matches today, August 17, at home against Washington County. This poses an opportunity for a huge milestone for the volleyball team and Coach Skinner. If the Lady Bears win against Washington County, it would be Coach Skinner’s 100th win.
After their home game on the seventeenth, the Lady Bears will play a series of away games and won’t return home again until August 27.