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JV Lady Chargers return six players

Freshman setter Allison Payne, a returning JV player, bumps a shot during a JV scrimmage against Lancaster. Standing ready is teammate Jessica Dixon (#2), also a returning player.

The Middlesex High JV volleyball team is showing early signs of a successful season, said coach Ashland Burch. The 2009 JV Lady Chargers consists of 16 players, with six returnees.

Four sophomore returnees include Emily Britton and Jessica Dixon, who will be used as setters, hitters and defensive specialists, said Burch. Along with them are Bridgette Self, “a quiet leader and aggressive server,” and Mary Stevens, a hitter and setter.

Two freshmen return—setter Allison Payne, who plays the full court well, and Brooke Rowe, a middle hitter and consistent passer.

New to the court this year are sophomores Alex Gillespie, a consistent server who passes well, and Heather Blankenship, a spunky player with a lot of hustle, said Burch.

Also among the new faces is freshman Jordan Walton, who has “great potential” as a setter, said Burch.

Freshman Breanna Tabor is a good athlete who will see time as a hitter and defensive specialist, said Burch.

Freshman Rachel Crews is another “great passer who could end up anywhere on the court,” said Burch.

There are five eighth-graders on the team and all are already proving to be strong hitters, said Burch.

“Small and mighty Anna Shaw is a great back row hitter,” said Burch.

Brittin Payne, “another great server and passer, will tower the middle of the court.” Mollie Ballantyne, who is very strong all around, Sarah Ann Good-rich, who is “fast, and learns quickly,” and Lilah Beebe also will play in the middle, said Burch.

“The team is young, but very coachable,” said Burch. “They are learning fast and all pushing to improve. As a coach, I am very proud to lead this crew of girls. All of the girls are doing well in each position on the court and making it very difficult to choose just six to play at a time.”


The JV Chargers have started their team fundraiser—the sale of 3-pound tubs of frozen cookie dough with 14 flavors, ranging from triple chocolate chunk, white chocolate macadamia, to M&Ms and Heath Bars. The tubs will keep frozen for up to a year. Contact Burch for sales or to make a donation at 758-2548.

The MHS varsity also has started selling “Team Middlesex” T-shirts, with three designs. Both teams will be selling drinks, snacks and concessions at the home volleyball matches. 

posted 08.19.2009

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