Bath County HS Volleyball Team Begins Preparations For Championship Run Ryan Henderson

Warm Springs, Va – On Tuesday, the Chargers defeated Alleghany High School kicking off the 2010 season in fashion. It’s the start of a campaign that has the Chargers looking to do what they just fell shy of doing last year, winning the state championship. Last year the Chargers went an impressive 27-2, yet fell in the championship game against Gate City in five sets. This year, Coach Dave McGee and his girls have the goal to finish what they started last year.

“Yeah if we can just win states,” says McGee. “We have a really good shot at it. We lost some seniors, who were big for us last year, but we have the best passer in the state back which is really important.”

The summer saw the Chargers working hard to prepare for the start of the season by holding their own camp, and many of the girls opted to spend the rest of their summer vacation by traveling to volleyball camps throughout the state.

“Everyone’s coming together and doing a great job,” says McGee. “Camp was great, everyone was healthy and it rocked. Several of the players went to the Virginia Tech camp so it wasn’t like we hadn’t played volleyball in a while when the preseason began.”

Leaders Mary McCoy and Amelia Walters were on the team that lost in the state finals last year. They know first-hand the disappointment of making it to that final game and losing with the championship in sight. After seeing the team come together and work hard in the preseason practices, Walters sees this year’s team as one that can complete the season.

“At first I thought we wouldn’t do as well because we lost our big hitters,” says Walters. But after seeing our defense in the preseason, I think we’ll do just as well maybe even better.”

McCoy has no doubts.

“We’re going to win states,” says McCoy. “Those are the expectations for the team.”

The Chargers next take the court on Tuesday in Staunton against Grace Christian.

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