By Les Dixon / Sports Editor
CORBIN — Liberty Roberts’ first year as the Corbin Lady Redhound volleyball coach was a smashing success and she’s hoping her second year is even better.
The Lady Redhounds are coming off a 21-17 season that saw them capture both the 50th District and 13th Region Tournaments while advancing to the Volleyball Sweet Sixteen.
“I really feel confident with this team,” Roberts said. “I really like what I have seen during our stay at the University of Kentucky camp. The girls have really gotten cleaner in terms of technique.”
After starting the season 4-6, Corbin caught fire last season and went 17-11 the remainder of the season, which included winning nine of 10 games during late in the season.
Roberts believes the success should carry over into this season.
“I believe it will,” she said. “We had a conversation the other day about the past being the past and we need to be proud of what we have accomplished, but now we need to focus on what we need to continue to do to get better in the future.
“The girls and I want to take it a step further,” Roberts added. “I’m excited about them not being satisfied just making it to the state tournament.”
One of the big reasons many are considering the Lady Redhounds as the team to beat is because of the return of senior Vanessa Wiseman, who earned 13th Region Player of the Year honors last season.
“It’s great to have her returning,” Roberts admitted. “We’re definitely going to use her returning to our advantage. Vanessa is a really skilled player and this being her senior year, I want her to be more aggressive and refine some of her passing skills.”
Corbin lost three players last season and return only two seniors to the mix this season, but the lack of seniors doesn’t seem to concern Roberts.
“We only had two seniors last season, too,” she said. “We do have six juniors and four of those right now are going to see some varsity time. We are going to rely on them a lot.
“We’ve also got some sophomore players (Allison Worthy and Chelsie Brock) that will contribute, too,” Roberts added. “We have a lot of potential.”
Roberts admitted her team has a chance to make another run at the 13th Region championship, but admitted it won’t be easy.
“I have a lot of respect for South Laurel and they are always competitive and Whitley County is very good, too,” she said. “I don’t know much about North Laurel this season, though. The girls’ goal is to take the next step and not just return to the state tournament, but make it past the Sweet Sixteen and that’s a great goal to have.”
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These cool summer days are reminding me of the cool football Friday nights of September and October, and with that said, these cooler temperatures have me in the mood of writing about things to come for our local football teams in the Tri-County.
It’s never too early to talk about what games will be the big ones for the Tri-County high school football fans to watch this upcoming season. I’ve tried to narrow my list down to 10 games, but honestly, it really wasn’t easy to do — but I did manage to do it.
Let’s just say things should be very entertaining, and interesting, for you the fan this season.
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