The Ladynecks end their season at regional playoffs
The White Oak Ladynecks began regionals on Friday night against Callisburg. The girls started off the first two sets strong (19-25, 22-25,) but had to fight to game five. However, Callisburg was able to pull through to win the next three sets (25-16, 25-20, 15-10.) This season, the Ladynecks won second in district, were the two time defending champions of the Shirley Atkins Tournament, and had a record of 32-9 prior to regionals.
The team will be losing four seniors after this year, Kara Carter, Spencer Sallee, Hannah King, and Avery Moore, who have contributed so much to the White Oak Volleyball Program and have created a strong bond with their teammates.
“The most difficult thing about losing the 4 seniors we have now, is going to be filling in their spots and stepping up next year,” junior Madison Sigmon said. “My grade will be the seniors next year and we will be the ones who have to lead on and off the court. So the hardest thing will most definitely be fulfilling the job and role of being a senior, next year.”
For a few of the girls, playoffs are a whole new experience and is much more intense than regular season. The teams are more competitive, talented, aggressive, and are usually shooting for the same goal of the state title.
“My first year of playoffs was pretty intense but really exciting at the same time,” sophomore Lisa Potichko said. “It was definitely different from regular season because the competition level rose up and we had to be ready for it to get harder each game.”
The Ladynecks had been preparing to go far this season starting back in two-a-days during August. Although most games in district aren’t usually much of a fight or competition whatsoever, the girls work towards discipline and being on their best game when it comes time to face difficult teams in the playoffs.
“Playoffs are always a fight, it’s a battle for every point and each round the competition just gets harder and harder,” senior Avery Moore said. “We spend hours of our time in the gym working towards this and mentally preparing for the big lights all season.”
Although the season is now over, all eyes are on the prize for next year and many will be preparing for next season through club volleyball, summer league, and private lessons. The goal is to improve every year and eventually become the state champions.
“It was amazing to get to be on varsity this year and play with such a great team,” sophomore Destiny Morgan said. “Although it’s sad that the season is over, I’ve loved getting to play with my team and am looking forward to next year.”