Setting the Season

Staff Writers Shane Zachos and Ramon Elortondo

Lead Story: This years volleyball team is  looking strong and confident. With wins against teams including Walton, Etowah, Cherokee, and Lassiter. They’re spiking the competition away with a 12-6 record. Coach Dodd said that this team is searching to be 1st or second in the region this year. With that in mind the Lady Wolverines look to be victorious in the county this year after falling 3rd last season. Coach Dodd is defiantly setting the bar high for her team that consists of 2 freshmen , 1 sophomore, 6 juniors, and 5 seniors. The team is defiantly putting in work on the floor this year practicing 5 days a week.

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Photo courtesy of Brooke

 

Wolverines of the Month: Mackenzie Keaton. Senior for the Lady Wolverines volleyball team. Plays libero which is in the backrow and she loves to play the position. She has been playing the sport since she was in the 5th grade. She was inspired to play volleyball because her cousin played before and she wanted to be just like her. Keaton defines herself as a competitive player and a leader for her team. Her favorite teammate is Reagan Rhino, who plays outside hitter. Lexi Solorzano 3rd basemen and one of the many leaders of the Lady Wolverines Softball team. She says she was inspired to play softball because her brother was a big fan of baseball and they would always compete and play with each other. Lexi told me they would always play catch in the backyard. She also informed me that she is committed to the university of Kennesaw State that explains why her favorite college softball team there is KSU. These two ladies make us proud to be a Woodstock Wolverines.

Mackenzie (grey jersey) focuses on her team mate who’s setting the ball. Photo courtesy of Brooke

 

 

In Case You missed it: The volleyball team grabbed a region win Tuesday night against Roswell increasing their record to a strong 12-6. All that hard work in the offseason seems to be paying off for Coach Dodd and her team. Softball also won their last outing against our arch rival the Etowah Eagles. It was 0-0 until Lexi Solorzano hit a solo homerun giving the girls a 1-0 lead. The second run came in by an RBI Rachel Roddy making the game out of reach for the eagles. The softball team is now a solid 6-5 and looks to extend their winning streak to 3 games in their next game.

There’s your homerun hero #7 Lexi Solorzano.Photo courtesy of Brooke.

Quotable: Captain of the volleyball team Mackenzie Keaton says “I love the sport because it’s so competitive and fast paced.” Coach Dodd told me “I am very exited to see what this team can do this year, we are very competitive and can surely bring home region if we believe.” Armando Alvarez told me “those girls work very hard almost as hard as the wrestling team. Coach swain he has a good impact on my life and he’s very wise… no wonder the softball team is off to a great start.”

Off the field: In the off season, the Lady Wolverines volleyball team did many off field activities. For example, they did many  fundraisers including one that helped a family in need and another to help out the coach for the Kennesaw State University volleyball coach. Also Coach Dodd invited her players to go to Fury to get some speed and agility practice. With all this work the team still found more practice at an Emory university. This camp was an overnight camp and it lasted two days. “The girls seemed to like it and I felt like we got closer as a team.” All this summer work is obviously having a positive outcome however, these girls are still practicing 5 times a week and are working everyday to get better. The softball team also did some work in iron den over the summer. Also with the workouts the Lady Wolverines practiced with each other.

By the numbers: This years softball team is looking solid but the big challenge they challenge is if they can repeat the past when they won state in ’06. The team has some great leaders and play makers but will it be enough to grab another state championship? For the volleyball Mackenzie Keaton was 1st in the whole nation in digs last season with a total of 1,030. A dig is when the opposing team spikes it and then you save it by hitting the ball up. This usually involves a lot of diving and athleticism. That was Keaton’s Junior this opens the question, What incredible outcome will Mackenzie bring to the floor for her last year at the den?  According to Jessica Watson the sideline cheer team has over 20 cheers to remember and perform. She told me that in order to remember these cheers it takes a lot of practice and hard work.

Upcoming Games: The softball team 3 road games up next against Lassiter on the 1st then Sequoyah on the 7th and lastly they will battle the Walton Raiders on the very next day. Walton and Lassiter are both region games. For volleyball on the 7th the girls look to grab a W against Walton at 5:30. They also will play Cherokee on the 13th and on the 27th look to support our Lady Wolverines in the battle against our arch rivals the Etowah Eagles.

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