The North Zulch Lady Bulldogs celebrated the careers of senior players Ally Grier, Megan Massey and manager Shelby Harkrider before the regular season finale against Lovelady on Tuesday at NZHS.
“I grew up with two of our seniors’ older siblings, so having the opportunity to coach them at all is such a blessing,” said first year North Zulch volleyball coach Corina Barrington. “The dynamic has been interesting to say the least as we have been getting used to each other in different roles.”
As a young coach, Barrington credits her seniors for leadership and helping her navigate through her first season at the helm.
“I am no expert,” said Barrington. “They have been such a great help from a volleyball aspect.”
It has been an up and down season for the Lady Bulldogs, but Barrington is pleased with her players and believes they have set a foundation for the program moving forward.
“There were mistakes and there is certainly room to develop,” said Barrington. “I believe we need to continue to keep our energy from the first serve until the end of the game. We have gotten better at this, but there is always room to improve.”
On top of Grier and Massey, libero Katelyn Crocker is a player who has stepped up down the stretch for North Zulch.
“She has gotten to balls I thought were impossible and gives me 110 percent on every play,” said Barrington on the sophomore.
The Lady Bulldogs first battled Lovelady as the visiting squad on Oct. 5.
“Tuesday will be special,” said Barrington before senior night. “Luckily, the girls see it as a stepping stone instead of the season finale.”