New Madison County High School volleyball coach Kristin Delay doesn’t waste words when asked if her team has any specific goals for 2009.
“Of course!,” Delay said via email. “We want to be in the hunt for the region title this year.”
After serving a two-year stint as Madison County’s junior varsity coach, Delay brings plenty of optimism and on-court experience into her new job.
She played six seasons of volleyball between the middle school and high school ranks in LaFayette. Delay, a varsity setter for two years, was part of a LaFayette High School team that won its region in 2001 and finished fourth in Class AAAA. She also played four seasons of club ball for Lookout Mountain Volleyball during high school.
The new coach isn’t quite sure how her first Madison County team will stack up against the rest of Region 8-AAAA, but feels very confident in the Raider team taking the floor this fall.
“I am extremely optimistic about this group of girls,” Delay said. “It’s the best group I’ve seen in my three seasons at MCHS.”
That group includes five returning players from last year’s squad, highlighted by senior setter Megan Economos, junior middle hitter Katilyn Hale and the senior outside hitter Alexis Hall. Rounding out the varsity roster are Emily Burroughs (senior), Erin Cahoon (senior), Stephanie Soto-Gonzales (senior), Katie Akins (junior), Shannon Cavanagh (sophomore), Jessica Cooper (sophomore) and Amber Fitzpatrick (sophomore).
Delay said this year’s team “has a great dynamic.”
“Hopefully we will stand out in serving and hitting,” she said.
Madison County, which won eight matches last year, opened the season Tuesday on the road at West Hall.
The Raiders host their first home match today at 5 p.m., taking on Monroe Area and Walnut Grove.