VOLLEYBALL SPOTLIGHT: RED BAY TIGERS

In the second year of their program this past year, the Red Bay Tigers finished with a winning record, 17-14; won the Franklin County Tournament; and finished runnerup in their area, allowing them to advance to regionals in Huntsville.

Although the Tiger girls are still young and inexperienced, Red Bay coach Amanda Ledbetter has a squad that returns all six starters on the varsity team.

Our team is led by four seniors,” Ledbetter explained. “Madeline Ledbetter and Kaylie Lindley are a great force at the net. Both are quality defensive players who are outstanding blockers, but they are also able to score.

“Talli Hamilton is returning at setter this season, and she does a fantastic job running our offense. Jaycee Vinson is back for her senior year after missing last season due to an injury.

“All the seniors are great leaders who are a real encouragement to other players.”

Even with those returning starters, Red Bay is still a young program in its third year.

“Our biggest challenge is lack of experience. We are still a new program compared to teams in our area, and I feel that it gives some teams an advantage,” said Ledbetter.

“I think something we can improve on is the pace of our game. We need to move the ball faster, and at the same time, we need to be in a defensive position quicker.”

Ledbetter said hard work will replace inexperience if players are committed.

“The team has worked very hard in the offseason to be physically stronger and faster. I asked the girls to condition and train on their own, and they have all worked very hard,” said Ledbetter. “Our team motto is ‘All In’ because I believe that is the key to our success. We can only be effective when we play together.”

Red Bay plays in Class 2A in an area with Lamar County, Sulligent and Winston County.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 20 Florence–Central Tournament, Away

Aug. 22 Cherokee/Sheffield, Away

Aug. 25 Itawamba/Phil Campbell, Home

Aug. 27 Colbert Heights Tournament, Away

Aug. 29 Belgreen, Away

Aug. 30 Winston County,* Away

Sept. 1 Itawamba, Away

Sept. 8 Phil Campbell/Belgreen, Away

Sept. 10 Bulldog Bash, Away

Sept. 15 Lamar County,* Home

Sept. 19 Tharptown/Hatton, Away

Sept. 20 Sulligent,* Home

Sept. 22 Winston County,*/Belmont Home

Sept. 24 Hamilton Tournament, Away

Sept. 26 Belgreen, Home

Sept. 27 Tharptown/Hackleburg, Home

Sept. 29 Lamar County,* Away

Oct. 1 Franklin County Tournament, Away

Oct. 3 Sulligent,* Away

Oct. 4 Belmont, Away

ROSTER

1 — Addyson Blackburn

5 — Kaylie Lindley

10 — Talli Hamilton

13 — Jaycee Vinson

15 — Gracie Weatherford

16 — Hannah Butler

18 — Shelby Nicols

24 — Kenzlee Bohannon

25 — Madeline Ledbetter

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