By Chris Parsons
LYNN CAMP — A lot of teams would consider an 11-15 season a failure. For the Lynn Camp Lady Wildcat volleyball team, it was anything but.
Just a year after winning just three matches (3-21 overall) and two years after going winless with an 0-18 mark, Cody Dixon's squad won almost three times as many times as the Lady Wildcats had during the last three seasons combined (4-56 overall from 2009-11).
If you ask Dixon, he thinks this season is just one of many building blocks toward being where he thinks the Lynn Camp program can eventually be.
“I'm extremely pleased with the way our kids bought in and played this season,” Dixon said. “We achieved one of the most important goals we set this year and that was to win 10 matches.
“We only won three last season and they were winless the year before that, so I think these kids have come a long way,” he added. “The best part about this season is I think it's just the beginning as far as where I think we can eventually get to.”
In addition to finishing with an 11-15 mark, the Lady Wildcats recorded nine wins against 13th Region foes and were able to knock off district rival Knox Central for the first time since Aug. 24, 2009. The previous three season combined, they had only grabbed three wins over regional foes.
Combine that with the fact the Lady Wildcats have just one departing senior on this year's team and the future looks bright for Lynn Camp volleyball.
“When you look at such a young roster and see some of the athleticism that some of these young kids have, I think we're only going to get better,” Dixon said. “I've talked to some of the girls and several of them are going to get involved in some club volleyball, so that's going to help them get better.
“Any time you have kids that will commit to playing in the off-season, it shows you that they want to invest in the program,” he added. “That's the kind of thing that is contagious and the kind of commitment it takes to build a program into a winning program.”
Dixon said the fact his team was able to experience positive stretches will go a long way in making his team hungry as it heads into next season.
“I think the girls had fun this season for the most part, but you could tell that they really enjoyed being a part of the team when were winning,” Dixon said. “The fact they were able to be a part of those stretches will make them want to succeed even more next season.
“Any time you have kids that are hungry for success and they're willing to put in the time and work to improve upon the previous season's success, that's about all a coach can ask for,” he added. “If our kids come back as hungry next year as they were at the end of this season, I think the sky is the limit for this program.”
By Chris Parsons
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The Williamsburg Yellow Jackets are partying like it's 1987! That was the last time the Jackets won a game in the 13th Region Tournament, and they ended the 27-year drought with a 47-44 win over the heavily-favored Knox Central Panthers on Thursday night.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'Em
When it comes to picking region tournament games, it’s not an easy task to say the least. This is the most parity that I’ve ever seen in the 13th Region Boys and Girls Tournaments.
If Clay County’s play during the first game of the 13th Region Tournament is any indication of things to come, Robert Marcum’s squad could be well on its way of capturing their second straight 13th Region championship.
The Way it is
Since I’m picking Corbin to pull off the upset against Jackson County today, I figured I’d give my top five upsets dating back to 2005-06 when the 13th realigned and welcomed both North and South Laurel high schools to the mix.
Tony Pietrowski’s Corbin Redhounds have been favored during the past two first round 13th Region match-ups, and have been upset both times. Corbin is hoping things might change a bit this time around.
Barbourville will have hands full against Bell County today
Dinky Phipps’ Barbourville Tigers are looking for their first 13th Region Tournament win dating back to 2006’s tournament when they defeated Clay County in the regional semifinals.
Like It or Not
There’s an elephant in the room at this year’s 13th Region Tournament, and really in basketball in general, and I guess I’ll be the first one to point it out (publicly with my name attached to it).
Chris' Daily Region Pick'Em
With the first three days of opening round games in the books, I can honestly say I'm not surprised that I'm 4-2 overall when it comes to my pick'ems record.
You can never count out the Clay County Lady Tigers when it comes to the 13th Region Tournament.
Les Dixon's Daily Region Pick'em
After going just .500 during the girls games, things are going to get even tougher when it comes to picking the 13th Region Boys Tournament games.
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