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June 18, 2014

Change of Heart

Corbin's Roberts to return for 2014 volleyball season

CORBIN — By Chris Parsons / Sports Editor

CORBIN — Not long after announcing her resignation as head coach of the Corbin Lady Redhounds volleyball team, Liberty Roberts said she began questioning her decision.

At a college signing for one of her players not long after that decision, Roberts said she had a change of heart.

“I went to the signing and it just kind of hit me how hard it was going to be to let go and kind of step away from these kids,” Roberts said.

When an official involved in the search for Roberts’ replacement approached her about rethinking her resignation, Roberts said the decision was made.

“They told me they hadn’t a lot of luck finding a good replacement and asked me how sure I was of my decision,” Roberts said. “I knew then that I needed to come back and let these girls finish what they started.

“We have a really dedicated group of juniors and seniors, and really the entire team, that have invested a lot in this program,” she added. “I just hated to walk away and leave them with something that I feel like I could’ve helped make better as a coach.”

Since taking over in 2011, Roberts has led the team to a 76-35 overall record, which included 50th District and 13th Region titles in 2011 and ’12. When all was said and done last season, Roberts and company posted a 14-5 record in postseason play.

A lot of times coaches are forced out or have to face reality when a program isn’t having the kind of success expected. That wasn’t the case with Roberts and the Lady Redhounds as she was set to leave the team on good footing competitively speaking, having won two of the past three 13th Region Championships.

Corbin has a solid corps of seniors returning (juniors in 2013 season), including juniors Chelsea Brock, Charlotte Hampl and Allison Worthy.

 

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