Fort Mill and Nation Ford volleyball teams look to seniors to lead the way

mbanks@comporium.netAugust 27, 2013 

Fort Mill's Payton Carter works on her game during practice as she knocks the ball over the net.

MAC BANKS - SPECIAL TO THE FORT MILL TIMES

— The 2013 volleyball season will start this week for Nation Ford, while Fort Mill hits the court for its first match of 2013 next week.

The Lady Jackets have 13 players on the team this season as new head coach Gina Farley takes the reins and tries to steer the team deeper into the playoffs this season.

Fort Mill lost four starters from last year’s squad, but has senior All-State player Gabrielle Seymore coming back this year, along with senior hitter Liza Walker. Danielle Gibson and Jordan Brown round out the upperclassmen for the Lady Jackets.

“We have got some spots to fill, we have talent to work with,” Farley said. “A lot of the girls have played together so that helps us.”

Farley said the team is learning to come together and is working to make a run in the playoffs.

“We have some versatile players,” Farley said

Fort Mill opens its regular season Sept. 4 at Forestview High School. Their first home match will be Sept. 10 against Clover.

Nation Ford opens its season this Saturday at the Porter Guad tournament in Charleston. Its home opener will be Sept. 12 against Rock Hill.

The Lady Falcons have 14 players on its roster and comes back loaded as well with four seniors in Amy Snyder, Ciara Heckaman, Briley Prince and Olivia Tawse.

“We have got great team chemistry this year,” said Nation Ford head coach Carrie Christian. “If we stay healthy I think we can top where we finished last year.”

Last year, Nation Ford was bumped out of the playoffs in the second round by Hillcrest.

Christian said the Region III schedule will be just as tough this year with strong squads from Rock Hill and Fort Mill.

Fort Mill and Nation Ford will square off Oct. 3 at Nation Ford and then Oct. 24 at Fort Mill.

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