One year after the re-launch of Intercollegiate Women’s Volleyball at Georgia Northwestern, second year head coach Carrie Powell finally has a roster she’s ready to crowd the NJCAA nets with across the southeast.
When the Lady Cats take to the court for the season-opener in Morristown, Tennessee for a group match versus host Walters State, Spartanburg Methodist (SC), and Southern Union (AL), they’ll bring a true measure of size and power to the net that they was missing in 2012.
Powell’s first true full recruiting class brings front-line weapons ranging in size from 5-foot-10 to 6-foot-1. Last year’s tallest Lady Cat tipped the measuring stick at a lofty 5-foot-7. LaFayette, Georgia’s Candice McClain, one of the two players returning from last year’s squad, was among team leaders in kills at 5-foot-3. It’s a different kind of story for Powell in season two.
“Last year was a big learning curve for us,” said Powell. “This year, things appear that they are going to be drastically different. Everyone is excited.”
The Lady Cat front line begins with hitters 5-foot-10 Casey Chapman (North Murray), 5-foot-10 Victoria Sprouse (Ringgold), 5-foot-11 Layna Jenkins (Ridgeland), and wraps up the tale of the tape with 6-foot-1 Holly Mount (Heritage).
Chapman helped her Mountaineer club make it to the Round of Eight in the 2012 GHSA Playoffs. Sprouse racked up a final prep season complete with 147 kills and 39 aces in helping the Blue Nation at Ringgold make its moves through the prep post-season. Jenkins helped lead the Panthers with 109 kills and 76 digs in her senior campaign. And Mount, in her second collegiate season after competing for the Generals, played her first year of college-level ball last year with Judson College (AL).
Back line specialists include returning sophomore Lady Cats Fallon Larmon (LaFayette) and Candice McClain (LaFayette), as well as freshman standout Rachel McGill (Ringgold). McGill, a 5-foot-5 player of the year in her GHSA region for Ringgold High School, will move to setter for the Lady Cats. But watch for her to have some key action in the air. McGill, who played limited time in her senior campaign, managed to do nothing less than pound home 128 kills, serve up 39 aces, and collect 34 digs in her abbreviated final prep season.
“We are bringing a roster that will make squads we face have to change some things up when we face them,” said Powell. “I like knowing they have to think twice about what we are bringing their way. I’m excited to bring my first full recruiting class on to the court. I’m also proud to bring back our veterans from last year to help provide back line power when we need it the most.”
The Lady Cats first home match is Saturday at the Rossville Athletic Complex (The R.A.C.) at 5:30 versus Covenant College (GA). A second match will tip-off at approximately 7 p.m. versus Crown College (TN).
Lady Cats Intercollegiate Volleyball is a member of the NJCAA, the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association, and a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. For more information on Bobcat Athletics, contact the Georgia Northwestern Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or e-mail to email@example.com.