Barons Volleyball season to open last week of August
MOUNT VERNON— Barons Volleyball season is right around the corner, and this year’s team is working on another run at the playoffs, said Coach Jason Bryant.
Coach Jason Bryant
“We have had plenty of success in the past, having been to the conference playoffs 10 of the past 11 years. We have won our division two times in that stretch; yet, the past couple seasons, we fought for our lives down the stretch to make it,” said Bryant. “With this group that has been in that situation the past couple of years, they now are going to be mostly juniors and we expect them to be a lot better.”
Heading up this junior class is the “quarterback of the team,” setter Bobbi Boyer of Jonesboro. Bobbi is the consensus quickest setter in the conference, said Bryant.
“Bobbi gives us leadership and a very athletic setter,” he added.
Outside hitter, Jeune Hypolite of Jonesboro, will be depended on to be one of the team’s main scorers as well as one of its main defensive back players. Jeune also gives the team leadership and experience.
“Jeune is one of those players that can do a lot of things on the court: pass, block, defend the angles and can flat score with the best,” said Bryant.
Holding the middle will be All-SSAC performer, Jessica Hill of Jonesboro.
“Jessica was our leading scorer last season, and I will look for her to do a lot of scoring this season,” said Bryant. “We expect Jessica to be better on defense this season as she becomes a complete player. Jessica is not a bad blocker but can improve in this area. It will definitely catapult her game to the next level.”
Emily Wood of Jefferson, another junior, will give the team stability and experience in the middle as well.
“Emily is a very knowledgeable player, and we depend on her for that on the court,” said Bryant.
The second outside hitting position will be held by either Gracie Henderson of Kennesaw or Sadie Mullins of Palatka, Fla.
“Gracie is the leading candidate to fill this spot,” said Bryant. “Gracie played this a little last season and did an outstanding job. Gracie mostly played the opposite side, and this is where she will be if Sadie is on the court. Sadie is an athlete, and athletes can get the job done.”
Courtney Howard of Oklahoma City, Okla., will challenge in the middle or the opposite side this season. Courtney was redshirted last season.
“We saw tremendous improvement last year in the development of Courtney. With her being a good athlete coupled with her desire, she has tremendous potential. Courtney has the ability to be a starter on this team,” said Bryant.
Jenifer Fales of Waycross is another student-athlete we saw great improvement from last year. Jenifer filled on the front row last season. Jenifer is a quick learner and her ability to learn the game will put her in the place to compete for a starters spot very soon, said Bryant.
Samiria Davis of Hephzibah, Ga. also redshirted last season and will be counted on to continue to improve and give the team depth at the outside position.
Meagan Jackson of Daytona, Fla. filled in nicely last season, and as for as knowing the game, she really does, said Bryant.
“We can put Meagan in the game at any time, including starting, and be very confident she can get the job done. Meagan has a strong swing; we just have to keep her in bounds.”
A couple of other redshirt players who will compete for playing time this season are Jakeira Harper of Twin City, Ga., and Elshaday “Nina” Alemayehu of Atlanta.
Newcomers will be primed and ready to get going as the Brewton-Parker College Barons enter this volleyball season, said Bryant. Desiree Kendrick of Jonesboro will be counted on to anchor the back row.
“Desiree is extremely quick and can really pass the ball,” said Bryant. “She will give us a chance to be really good this year. With all the intangibles that go into volleyball, Desiree can accomplish most of them.”
Bryant continues, “Lauren Wilson (of Woodstock) will be our back-up setter who will also play the back row. Having Lauren on this team will help us tremendously. Lauren will give us someone other than Bobbi who can set the ball with precision, as well as having a solid passer in the game. We are very happy to have Lauren.”
Candace Wilcox of Hazlehurst will also compete for playing time in the back row. Meghan Wilkes of Green Cove Springs, Fla., will help anchor the middle.
“Meghan will be depended on to step in and play right away,” said Bryant. “We feel Meghan can be the difference maker on this team. She will be a solid defender that can score the ball.
“With the newcomers along with these girls who have learned how to fight for everything they can possibly get, we feel this team has enough to make a solid run this season.”
The Barons Volleyball team travels to Savannah August 27-28 to play in the Savannah State Invitational. The first season home game is September 1 against Albany State. The game begins at 7 p.m. in the Gillis Gym inside the Snooks Student Activities Center on the Brewton-Parker Mount Vernon campus.
“Come on out and support the Barons, your hometown college team!”
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. With its main campus located in Mount Vernon, the college also offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at its external site in Newnan.