VOLLEYBALL SPOTLIGHT: RUSSELLVILLE GOLDEN TIGERS
The Russellville Golden Tigers are working to build a winning volleyball program, and the 2022 team features six seniors who hope to continue that process in a positive way.
RHS head coach Anna Lisa Jackson is going into year two as the leader of the varsity program, and even though the Golden Tigers are replacing six seniors from the 2021 team, this year’s group of players are ready to make their mark.
“We’re really looking for them to step up and grow,” Jackson said. “It’s been tough losing those six seniors from last year, but I do feel like the seniors that we have and the upcoming juniors that we have are going to step up into those leadership roles once we get the time and experience on the court.”
Kara Moore, Jenna Whitfield, Ashlee Moon, Jaiden Calvert, Olivia Gann and Anna Beth Oliver make up the senior class on the squad, while Avery Watts, Maggie Bishop, Natalie Nichols and Emma Campbell are juniors this season.
“Continued growth is what I’m looking for this year,” Jackson shared. “We won more games last year than we had in the last seven years combined. We’re looking to build off of that and continue to turn the volleyball program around.”
Joining the team on varsity for 2022 are a couple of freshmen who add depth to the squad: Laila Hill and Fatima Ramirez.
“I’ve moved up two freshmen to play with the varsity, and we’ve got a lot of young girls that are inexperienced,” Jackson said. “I do feel like together, by the end of the season, we might make a good run in area. We’ve just got to put it all together.”
Russellville will be joined in AHSAA Class 5A Area 15 by Brewer, Lawrence County and West Point.
Aug. 18 Phil Campbell/Tharptown, Away
Aug. 23 Haleyville, Away
Aug. 25 Brewer*/Covenant Christian, Home
Aug. 27 West Morgan Tournament, Away
Sept. 1 West Point*/Priceville, Away
Sept. 6 Lawrence County*/Austin, Away
Sept. 8 West Point*/Colbert County, Home
Sept. 10 Belgreen Tournament, Away
Sept. 13 Brewer*/Ardmore, Away
Sept. 15 Haleyville, Home
Sept. 17 Brooks Invitational, Away
Sept. 19 Brooks/Central, Away
Sept. 20 Hatton/Mars Hill, Away
Sept. 22 Wilson/Central, Away
Sept. 27 Lawrence County*/Covenant Christian, Home
Oct. 4 Phil Campbell (Senior Night), Home
*Denotes Area Match
2 — Kara Moore
3 — Avery Watts
4 — Laila Hill
6 — Jenna Whitfield
8 — Maggie Bishop
10 — Ashlee Moon
12 — Jaiden Calvert
13 — Natalie Nichols
14 — Olivia Gann
21 — Anna Beth Oliver
24 — Fatima Ramirez
26 — Emma Campbell