By Chris Parker
Parkview volleyball will be looking to bounce back from a one-win season in 2021 behind three returning senior leaders.
Those seniors are: Malia Clancy-Wiliford (defensive specialist), Jestiny Worley (outside hitter/libero) and Chasadie Hoyt (setter).
Clancy-Wiliford led the team in digs (197) and serve receptions (376) last year.
“Malia has been part of the Parkview program all four years and continues to push herself and teammates to improve,” Parkview head coach Amber Doolittle said. “She has shown true dedication this summer coming to workouts. She brings a positive attitude and leadership to the team that others recognize.”
Worley led the team in kills as a junior with 84.
“Jestiny Worley has also been part of the program for all three years as our outside,” Doolittle said. “Last year was her first year on varsity and she led the team in kills.”
Hoyt was the team’s top setter in 2021 with 158 assists.
“Chasadie Hoyt has been part of our program for all four year as a setter,” Doolittle said. “Her junior year was her first year on varsity.”
Annika Giles will move up to varsity in her sophomore season after a strong summer.
“She (Giles) has been dedicated this summer with her workouts to improve with her speed and fundamentals,” Doolittle said. “We are very excited to have her on the varsity level because she will push others to compete.”
This group is motivated to improve upon last season’s record.
“Our competitiveness will be our biggest strength. We struggled last season for varsity, and our returners and newcomers do not want to go through that again,” Doolittle said. “We will have a lot of first-year varsity players this year. We will need to learn the pace of the game for offense and on defense. There is a big difference from JV volleyball to varsity volleyball.”
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Parkview will travel to Fair Grove on Aug. 23 for a jamboree with the host Eagles, Republic and Rogersville. The Lady Vikings will open the regular season Aug. 27 at the Branson Tournament.
“Our expectation this year is to grow as a team on and off the court, and to compete in practice and in every game,” Doolittle said.