Waterford Volleyball Strong In Scrimmage

Emily Ward Goes For A Kill

WATERFORD CA - Waterford Girls Volleyball proved more than a match for Davis (Modesto) Wednesday night in a scrimmage contest hosted at Waterford High School. While the match and the scores were unofficial, it was clear who the stronger program was. Waterford soundly defeated Davis in three straight sets.


Last season ended in a heartbreak for Waterford, they missed the playoffs by the fate of a coin flip. Something that still stings deep according to Waterford Athletic Director Josh Whitfield. "We still are not very happy about that one, but that's sports and that's the way it goes sometimes. Our girls are focused on getting the job done this year and leaving nothing to chance," said Whitfield.

Despite Waterford's strong night against Davis, there were still questions left to be answered. With the graduation of star libero Cali Miller, who now plays for Stanislaus State, Waterford showed some holes in the middle. Perhaps even more concerning for Waterford is the relatively quiet night, Senior Emily Ward had. Ward lead all of the Southern Athletic League is kills last season. Is it a one-night slump, unknown injury, or more of trend? The answer will only come in time for the Lady Cats.

"We played well tonight, but clearly there is work to be done, we have to get better in all areas if we are going to compete in the playoffs," said Waterford Varsity Head Coach Lisa Haskins.


Despite the offensive weakness showed at middle tonight, Waterford’s middle players did have some stellar digs and saves defensively. In fact the entire team looked solid of defense and rarely had an unforced error to give up a point.

A bright spot for improvement is the play of Setter Roni Byrd. She positioned the ball well tonight for Waterford's offensive attack - the hitters were just not able to take advantage of the strong opportunities she provided. But one has to believe that Waterford's offensive threats in Ward, Romero and Shepherd will round into form. Senior Kathrine Walls positioned several strong balls offensively tonight as well.

Despite just missing the playoffs by the slimmest of margins last year, Waterford looks primed to make it actually happen this season. If these girls can pull it all together before Southern League play, they will certainly give even the strongest of league opponents fits. No Volleyball team in Waterford's history has ever made the postseason. This year’s team is hoping they will make school history. Nothing more to do now then play the matches and see where the cards fall for these Lady Cats.

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