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Team unity, role-playing helping VolleyDogs go 6-2


Team unity and role-playing has the Bearden VolleyDogs right where they wanted to be to start the season.

Bearden (6-2 overall record entering the week) opened its season with a 5-1 showing in the annual KIL Tournament Aug. 21-22, notching wins against West, Halls, Powell, Grace Academy and Gibbs while losing to Seymour.

“Caroline Winstel and Brianna Rittenhouse played really well on Tuesday night,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said. “Everybody just has a role and is playing really well as a team. We lost to Seymour in a real close match that could have gone either way.”

Bearden continued to play competitive volleyball at CAK Thursday, Aug. 24, despite losing team leader Winstel to a freak accident the day before.

“She was putting up the net and the crank popped back and hit her across her four fingers,” Allen said. “They’ve got it taped up pretty good right now, so hopefully in a couple more days she will be fine.”

Without the services of Winstel, the VolleyDogs defeated CAK, but lost to Knoxville Catholic.

“We didn’t have Caroline and she is our floor leader and our best hitter, so we were down and we didn’t have much continuity out there,” said Allen, who expects to have Winstel back in the lineup this week.

Nonetheless, Allen is pleased with the strong start and credits most of it to unity and role-playing.

“The girls just play really well together,” the coach said. “We’ve got a lot of girls who do a lot of things well. Lindsay Granger and Rachel Menhinick are two of the best passers around. Rittenhouse is playing a little bit better at the net, Brittany Basham is a great setter and they all do their jobs well enough to be successful.”

 

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