Wildcats Ready for Another Stellar Season
Coach Jennifer Yeater recently announced the Paden City volleyball has been working hard in the off season to better themselves as well as being better teammates. With no seniors lost to graduation, Coach Yeater said the team returns full of talent and heart. “They are looking to continue to improve and grow while improving their record over last year’s season record of 25-10 which was quite impressive,” Yeater said.
The Wildcats key returners will be 3 year starters; Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber. Yeater will run the offense as setter as well as outside hitter. Weber will maintain her role as outside hitter. This dynamite duo is powerful together and looks to make this season even more successful and exciting to watch. Yeater is closing in on 1,000 assists while Weber is close to her 1,000th kill. Manning the middle will be returning starters, sophomores Brandis Dalrymple and Madison Kline. As freshman last year, they made their presence known but will be a bigger threat this year as they continue to get stronger and have a year of varsity experience under their belts.
Maggi Still will return as setter and will bring excitement to the floor with her hustle and effort. Cora Anderson, Captain, really stepped up her game last year with floor presence and leadership. She will move from the libero position to outside hitter. Hallie McDonald will be the right-side hitter and has worked hard to improve her game. Anderson and McDonald bring great attitudes and are always willing to do whatever the team needs and the coaches ask.
Key new player is freshman Tanley McEldowney who will be running the defense in the libero position. Tanley has a great work ethic and has played club ball with Yeater and Weber the last 2 years. She plays beyond her years and is a great addition to the line up. Another freshman looking to see some varsity playing time will be McKenzie Thomas who brings club ball experience along with hustle and effort to the floor every time she steps foot on the court.
Others looking to see some playing time representing the green & white are seniors Isabella Beverlin, Loren Little, McKenzie Lewis and sophomore Nevaeh Sweeney. Junior Kelsey Michael, is on the injured list and patiently awaiting doctor clearance so she can get back into the action.
The volleyball team will once again be holding its annual Patriot Day recognition night on Sept 11th and Staff & Faculty appreciation night on Sept 17th. Make your presence known by showing up at the Bob Burton Gymnasium to show your support Wildcat Nation!
The Wildcats will be defending 2 championships; looking for a 3 peat for the OVAC 1A championship along with the Mason Dixon Conference Championship. The communities’ support plays a key role in the success of the program. When the stands are full of green & white and the energy is high, the players perform well. So be sure to come out and watch some PC volleyball, let’s pack the gym!