Beech Grove (3A)
Beech Grove’s fourth-year girls swimming team coach Lacee Hunter also takes the volleyball helm, succeeding Lindsey Galloway, a former Center Grove and University of Chattanooga standout. Hunter was a two-year assistant with Galloway.
Hunter inherits a talent-rich team led by fourth-year starter Katie Giller, 270 kills and 84 blocks. She will be joined up front by junior middle hitters Breanna Small, 120 blocks; and Tyonna Baxter, 102 kills; and new outside hitters Daysha Crouch and greatly improved 5-9 sophomore Brianna Mills.
“We call Giller ‘the beast’; we say, ‘Feed the beast,’ ” Hunter proclaimed. “Anytime she gets a hand on the ball, she always does something smart with it. She has a great volleyball IQ and makes quick reliable decisions.”
Junior Madeline Adamson takes over as libero, and sophomore Hanna Horsley is the new setter. Senior Riley Cooper and junior Kaylee Capps are defensive specialists.
‘We are definitely a hitting team,” Hunter said. “Our front row is very solid and versatile; I expect a really high blocking and percentage this year. We can build with our back row. We’re going to be good.”
Hunter coached many of the varsity players at Beech Grove Middle School, which has helped the transition. The Hornets seek improvement of last year’s 8-18 record.