The Covenant Academy Middle and High School volleyball teams, led by head coach Chris Madewell, are getting ready to start their upcoming seasons, this fall. The high school team will have some big shoes to fill as its leader Kerri Berenguer graduated this past May.
The players the high school team will have returning this year include: Catherine Shelton, Chloe Hillis, Crosley Smith, who will be the leaders this year. Emma Grace Madewell will return as the team’s setter along with Dalton Burkes, Anaina Patel, Caley Smith and Savannah English.
Lilly Ann Kell and Ariana Hutchins will look to contribute as freshman for the Lionettes.
For the middle school, Madison Madewell will return as an eighth-grader and will be the team’s starting setter. Newby Anderson, Anna Belle Lassiter and Emma Kate Wrather round out the key experienced players coming back.
Madwell talked about how both teams have continued to get better since the start of camp and what both teams will be focused on this upcoming season.
“Our focus all year is going to be at the serving position. If you don’t get your serves in, then that’s a free point for the other team and we really struggled in that area last year and should’ve beaten some teams that beat us.”
Madewell added, “We had six girls go to a camp at MTSU on Monday and they got to compete against some tough competition. Hopefully they can bring back what they learned from that camp and help the team this year.”
Madewell gave some insight about both teams to fans of volleyball around Warren County.
“We still have work to do but they hustle, they play hard and they play together. They always give one-hundred percent and they are a good group of girls.”
Madewell concluded, “I’m very excited about this season because we have some experience coming back and we have played some tough competition, so that should really help us.”
The Lionettes will be in action this Friday at 1:30 p.m., when they face off against the Boyd Lady Broncos volleyball team in a scrimmage at Boyd.