The Times West Virginian

August 29, 2013

Bees have good feeling with work ethic, added height

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Hustle.

That’s the word East Fairmont’s volleyball coach Debra Spears used to describe this year’s young team.

“Their work ethic right now is excellent,” she said. “They seem to be giving me what they have.”

With this young team’s hard work also comes height. Spears said she has nine new girls on her team, with some tall freshman and sophomore players.

“We’ve got more height this year than we have had since I’ve been the coach at East Fairmont,” she said. “The height is young, too — sophomore and freshman height — so they’ll be here for a while, which is a good thing.”

One of those tall freshmen is Lauryn Analock. At 5-foot-11, Spears said Analock brings power along with her height.

“She’s just an athlete,” Spears said. “Volleyball wise, she still has work to do, but she came in strong.”

During a scrimmage against Liberty on Monday, Analock showed her athletic ability by being one of the Bees’ top blockers.

“She’s one of the best blockers I have on the team so far this year,” Spears said. “She’ll probably be a middle blocker and hitter for me.”

Having a young team, Spears is using the preseason practices and scrimmages to introduce her system to the newcomers.


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