Green Wave Volleyball coach Karri Killen is optimistic about the 2019 season.
“We have five seniors, one junior and a lot of sophomores and freshmen,” Summerville coach Karri Killen said. “The experience is there but we are still getting the chemistry worked out between our returning players and the ones new to the varsity. I have high expectations for this group because they are a very talented group of young ladies. Once they get everything figured out we should be able to accomplish some good things.”
Summerville returns eight varsity lettermen this season, Killen’s second at the helm of the volleyball program. Kaya Clavier, Cameron Fox, Marley Myers and Savannah Diggett have all been with the varsity for two or more seasons. Kenyanna Alston, Annabelle Kornasiewicz, Sarah Wimpee and Victoria Diggett are also returning lettermen.
Joining them on the varsity squad this season are Savanah Koester, Alyssa Kornasiewicz, McKenzie Overton, Trinity Woodbury and Rebecca Yohe.
Summerville finished the 2018 season as the runner-up for its region to qualify for the state playoffs. The team lost two all-region middle hitters to graduation, but Killen says Summerville should still be competitive.
“We have a good variety of players who do a lot of things well,” she said. “We had a big middle last year but we still have kids who can initiate excitement. We have some players who are great passers; we have some who can put the ball down and some who can make the big blocks. They just all have to contribute rather than relying on one or two kids to be our big players. Collectively they do a lot of things well so when they get on the same page and everybody is doing what they need to it will be something special.”
Ashley Ridge, the defending Region 8-AAAAA champion, also returns a lot of seasoned players this season so the region race should be interesting. Outside of the region, Summerville will face mostly teams from Region 7-AAAAA.
“We have the capabilities to play with some tough teams, we just have to find our confidence and get things together before we go play those teams,” Killen said.
Summerville hosts Stratford at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and will play in a tournament at River Bluff High School Sept. 7. The Green Wave will then open a four-match road stretch Sept. 10 at Cane Bay. Summerville will play at Berkeley Sept. 12, at Ashley Ridge Sept. 17 and at Stall Sept. 19 before returning home to host West Ashley at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
Rachel Page, Layla Digby and Sarah Windham will serve as Killen’s assistant coaches this season.