Fort coach has confidence in squad
The Patriots volleyball team enters this season with a lot of experience.
Tarshie Burrell returns for her fourth season as the team’s head coach and several of her players have been in the Fort Dorchester program for all four of those years.
“Ability-wise, this team is as strong as any we’ve had,” Burrell said. “Traditionally our school hasn’t had the strongest program but the past two years we have been a winning team. It’s getting to the point where when we have a talented player graduate, we have someone with similar ability to put in the rotation.”
Seniors Rachel Phillips, Meghan Sanders, McKenzie Long and Kristen Lodge all return for their third year with the Patriots’ varsity. Senior Jasmine Quinn, sister of NFL linebacker Robert Quinn, returns for her fourth season with the varsity.
Setter Amanda Gluck, a junior, joined the team as an eighth-grader so this is also her fourth year with the team. Junior Monica Mack also returns to the team.
Juniors Kira Ozegovich, Erin Phillips, JaQuanna King, Alicia Ward, Katie Schneider and Surprize Speed are in their first season with the varsity.
Quinn will be the team’s leader at the net. She will receive help from Mack, who also has good height and hitting skills.
Long will again be the team’s Libero and leader in the back while Gluck returns as the team’s primary setter. Rachel Phillips was a back-row specialist last season, but Burrell says this year she will step into the role Ashley Rogers had with the team before she graduated.
“Rachel can contribute from anywhere on the floor and I plan to pretty much always leave her in the game,” Burrell said. “We have a few girls who are really versatile. In addition to being a great setter, Amanda can also hit. Quinn is an all-state track athlete so she is quick enough to play the back row. I have a well-rounded group and none of them hesitate to do whatever I ask them to.”
After losing tight competitions for the region crown the last couple of years, the team’s goal is a Region 8-AAAA championship. Their coach says they have the talent to make that happen, but there isn’t much room for error.
“Our region is just tough,” Burrell said. “You can’t ever count any team out going into the season because the teams that haven’t been that strong the last few years are getting better and you sure can’t count on the ones that have been strong getting any weaker.”
2013 Fort Dorchester Volleyball Schedule
Sept. 3 Berkeley
Sept. 5 Cane Bay/West Ashley
Sept. 9 Chas Math&Science/Timberland
Sept. 12 @Ashley Ridge
Sept. 14 @ Ashley Ridge Tournament
Sept. 17 Colleton County/Chas Math&Science
Sept. 19 @ Beaufort
Sept. 24 Bluffton
Sept. 26 @ Summerville w/ Stratford
Oct. 1 Goose Creek
Oct. 3 @ Cane Bay
Oct. 8 Ashley Ridge
Oct. 10 @ Colleton County
Oct. 15 Beaufort/James Island
Oct. 17 @ Bluffton w/ Hilton Head
Oct. 22 Summerville/Sumter
Oct. 24 @ Hanahan
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