MAYO, Fla. — The Lafayette volleyball team’s seven-year district championship streak was snapped a year ago.
But with six returners, including four seniors, and a new district, the Hornets enter the 2019 season with their sights set on reclaiming the title.
“We have the talent and if we work together, and pull together and communicate, I think we will be able to win a lot of games,” LHS coach Marcy Richardson said. Last year, the Hornets finished 13-10 and fell to Bell in the district tournament. LHS then lost to Hilliard in the Class 1A playoffs.
Leading the Hornets’ hopes this season will be a pair of senior setters in Charlie James and Harmony Richardson. In addition to serving as the team’s setters, Marcy Richardson said they also will be threats as hitters as well.
“They also hit for me front row,” she said.
Also returning for the Hornets are Alexis Koch in the middle and Aleks Sullivan outside. Sophomores Emily Lyons and Tana Byrd will also contribute with Lyons an outside hitter while Byrd will play libero.
Newcomer Katy Mathis will also be a key contributor for the Hornets. Mathis has a versatile skill set and could allow the Hornets to shift the lineup around.
“She should be our DS, but she’s versatile,” Marcy Richardson said. “She can probably change positions if we need to.”
That versatility will come in handy as the Hornets don’t match up with the height they’ve featured in the past, Richardson said. Instead, versatility, talent and strategy will all be key for LHS to reach their goals.
“They’re cohesive,” she said. “Everybody gets along. The dynamic of the team, I just think they have good team chemistry.
“I think that will help us too.”
But those goals remain lofty. In addition to another winning season, Richardson said a district title is the goal. After battling Bell for the District 5 championship in the past, the Bulldogs won’t be a potential roadblock this year. Bell moved to District 6, while Lafayette will battle Hamilton County, Hilliard, Madison County and Taylor County in District 5.
“The goal is to win districts this year, yes,” Richardson said.