Wheaton volleyball unleashing bark and bite

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
The Wheaton volleyball team took second at Southwest Volleyfest on Saturday. In the front row, from left, are: Emily Gonzalez, Audrey Shockley, Rachel Lacey, Hallie Mitchell, Alyia Prewitt and Tori Goostree. Second row: Asstant Coach Kaily Harvey, Taylynn Banks, Madison Pierpont, Kaylee Hutsell, Monica Hinojosa, Sarah Brattin and Head Coach Robert Creekmore. Contributed photo

Wheaton volleyball rallying for strong finish

A second place finish for the Wheaton volleyball team in the Southwest Volleyfest tournament was the sign Coach Robert Creekmore was looking for as his team barrels toward the fourth quarter of its season.

“We have three seniors that were freshmen my first year here,” Creekmore said. “Halli Mitchell, Tori Goostree and Rachel Lacey are the three that have been starting since their freshmen year. Last year, the shift focused to those three and three others that had played junior varsity and we spent the first part of the year learning to play together. With no seniors last year, these girls have come together pretty well.”

Wheaton has leaned of the experience of that trio. Lacey leads the team with 88 kills and 24 aces and Mitchell has 258 digs. Emily Gonzalez leads the team with 215 assists, and Alyia Prewitt has 15 blocks on the season.

On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs finished second in the Southwest tournament, and to Creekmore, it was a sign the team has turned a corner.

“We have always played well in that gym, and I think we were hot,” Creekmore said. “We have played a tough schedule, and after struggling in the Ash Grove tournament, I think the girls came out motivated to play well.”

Creekmore said the team is focused on winning a conference title and is looking forward to playing some bigger schools.

“These girls are responding well to the big game atmosphere,” he said. “I think as we close the season and we see that title is possible, we will continue to raise the level of our play.”

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