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KIL co-crown, South Carolina effort, injuries highlight BHS volleyball ’11

Starting off its season by winning a share of the KIL Tournament, going 6-0, Bearden High School volleyball also enjoyed success in South Carolina in 2011.

Key injuries may have prevented even more success, as Jennifer Allen’s Lady Bulldogs finished the season 29-15 overall, 9-5 in District 4-AAA (tied for fourth place in regular season).

“We started out really well, better than I thought we would,” BHS head coach Jennifer Allen said, adding about her team’s effort in a prestigious South Carolina tournament, “We went over to Charleston, we were real successful over there. We made it to gold pool [top eight teams among 16]. I think we went 5-3.”

Leading the charge were a pair of All-District 4-AAA honorees, senior outside hitter Brittany Sliger and junior middle hitter Kristen Randolph, who “really stepped up,” Allen said.

The coach labeled Sliger, a team captain, “probably my best all-around senior.”

Randolph displayed “great leaping ability, and was our best blocker,” Allen said.

However, “We just had a lot of girls hurt,” Allen said. “More than normal.”

A broken hand took away about half of the season’s district slate from senior setter Alex Greene. “She came back and played, like, the last two matches,” Allen said.

Middle row hitter Carrie McGinnis, only a freshman, replaced Greene only to go down herself with a pulled ligament in her thumb “about the last two weeks of the season,” Allen said.

“We had another player that had a cracked knuckle; we had another player with a bad back,” the coach added. “We fought injuries all year long.”


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