BOAZ – Coach Dee Ayres is excited about her third season at Snead State.
"I expect us to finish in the top of the conference for the regular season. I believe this is one of the most talented volleyball teams we have ever had," said Coach Ayres.
"My goal for this season is to continue to build on last year's success by finishing first or second in the district tournament."
Snead State will kick off their 2014 season at home on Friday against Southern Union. The game starts at 5 p.m.
The Lady Parsons are traveling this season to play in some competitive tournaments at Pensacola State and Gulf Coast in September.
"I think the tough competition early in the season will be a good push for our team. We have a very young, talented team this season that has shown how competitive they can be going against one another in practice. I can't wait to see that competitiveness against our opponents," said Coach Ayres.
"We have a very strong freshman class. Setter Kirsten Inman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) comes from a strong volleyball program and is expected to be a big contributor to our success this year. Right side hitter Madison Smith (Cedar Bluff) and defensive specialist Brittany Bishop (Tuscumbia) have both worked extremely hard in preseason and will be solid players for our team."
Returning starters for the Lady Parsons are Autumn Swearengin of Ashville, Harlee Murphy of Florence, Katie Guiser of Alabaster and Katie Weber of Harvest.
The Parsons went 16-19 during the 2013 season and 10-7 in conference play. They finished third at the district tournament. They were recently selected to receive the AVCA Team Academic Award for their outstanding academic performance.
In addition to Friday's home game against Southern Union, the Lady Parsons will also be playing at the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium on the following dates:
- Aug. 28 against Lawson State at 6 p.m.
- Sept. 10 against Wallace Hanceville at 6 p.m.
- Sept. 19 against Faulkner at 7 p.m.
- Sept. 26 against Jeff Davis at 7 p.m.
- Sept. 27 against Andrew College at 3 p.m.
- Oct. 14 against Gadsden State at 6 p.m.
- Oct. 16 against Wallace Selma at 7 p.m.
Pictured left to right, front row, is Elissa Self of Walnut Grove, Brittany Bishop of Tuscumbia, Harlee Murphy of Florence, Caitlyn Baker of Killen, Asia Whitson of Birmingham, Sara Rhodes of Springville, Holly Strickland of Boaz, Kirsten Inman of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Tori Pendley of Haleyville and Macy Bridges of Boaz. Back row, Manager Taylor Nash of Altoona, Head Coach Dee Ayres, Ashley Robertson of Florence, Katie Weber of Harvest, Ellisia Kimble of Madison, Katie Guiser of Alabaster, Autumn Swearengin of Ashville, Courtney Oliver of Altoona, Mattie Lacey of Boaz, Madison Smith of Cedar Bluff, Sydney Marks of Athens, Assistant Coach Renee Bearden and Manager Taylor Ishee of Walnut Grove.