By Carl Holcomb
The Yellow Jackettes flew to the state tournament last season and have a roster loaded with young talent led by two seniors seeking to reach Charleston once again.
Moorefield Volleyball is building a strong program through the dedicated study of fundamentals and working together to create success and will be guided by coach Morgan Hill-See entering her sixth year at the helm.
“The main goal is for us just to be a team and play together, come together. It has been some of the best 14 days of practice I think that I have had coaching here at the high school. They want to get better. They want to learn, so our goal everyday is to improve and get better. To help reach the goal of winning sectionals or going to regionals, whatever that goal is for them. We didn’t really set a team goal. We just want to take it one game at a time and look back at that game and say how can we improve, what can we do to make ourselves better,” Moorefield Coach Morgan Hill-See commented.
Losing four senior leaders in Bethany Smith, Rachel Malcolm, Sumer Flinn and Katlynn Tompkins will take a toll initially, but the chemistry the team has right now has been a strong bond in taking the right steps forward.
“We have a really good mix. We’ve got the outside hitters and we’ve got two setters. We’ve got girls who can serve, we’ve got girls who are straight positive and we’ve got girls who are the pick me up girl. If you’re down, I’m going to pick you up and make you laugh. It’s a great mixture of attitude. It’s really good chemistry,” Coach Hill-See remarked.
[private] Currently on the varsity roster, Moorefield has four returning players with state tournament experience starting with seniors Kylie Crites and Makaleigh Snyder plus juniors Rebekah Markwood and Alyssa Vetter.
Joining them on the squad will be junior Macie Zirk and sophomores Anna Riggleman, Lindsey Rinker and Hanna Carlson.
“I want to play as a team and work together to do our best no matter what the situation,” Moorefield senior Kylie Crites noted. “And win,” added fellow MHS senior Makaleigh Snyder.
“I’m proud to be a part of this team, we come together like a family and we’re always there for each other. We need to not give up on ourselves when we get down in a game,” Crites said. “We play together, pick each other up when we’re down” Snyder stated.
Crites and Snyder were a critical part of the back row last season and having their knowledge will help practices improve and impact the games this year.
The Yellow Jackettes have an explosive roster of talent including sophomores Anna Riggleman and Lindsey Rinker with great serving accuracy and hitting power.
Joining Markwood as a left-handed server is sophomore Hanna Carlson and both have developed into good hitters and blockers.
Rinker, Riggleman and Vetter showed tremendous poise during a recent scrimmage as blockers and providing the spark needed to create momentum in a match.
Crites and Rinker have been selected as primary setters for the Yellow Jackettes, but having the right sequence depending on the situation is what matters.
Zirk has shown good passing skills, hitting and serving accuracy.
It has been a number of years since Moorefield has utilized a jump serve style and the wait is over as Markwood has been working on delivering that powerful leaping serve.
The athleticism on this year’s team is very good and has an entire season to show the rest of the competition what can be done on the floor.
The JV squad includes junior Macie Zirk, sophomores Sydney Hardy, Isabelle Nesbit, Tayla Ours, Kennedie Hinger, Madison McGregor plus freshmen Regan Davy, Tori Humphries, Lauren Arbaugh, Remington Hinkle, Alyson Simmons, and Gracie O’Neill.
Setters & Hitters
“We will go with Lindsey Rinker and Kylie Crites as our setters this year. It’s a big difference having lost Bethany Smith, who we’ve had the past four years. Those are big shoes to fill. Some things might not work and we will change the rotation to see how things work. We’ve got some time to play to see what we can do and what we want to do. The neat thing about our outside hitters is they are two left-handed hitters; we have Hanna Carlson and Rebekah Markwood. We have Anna Riggleman, she is kind of our utility player you can put her anywhere. Lindsey is too. They can go to any spot. They may not be able to master it, but they know what to do.”
“Anna is a really good server. Bekah finally has a jump serve down that she has been working on, so that’s something new we will bring to the table. Alyssa Vetter has a strong serve too. On any given night, somebody can be on and somebody can be off. We just have to play.”
Impression of Team
“It goes back to their willingness to learn, what can I do to get better. They’re not going to settle to be awful. They want to improve. We had a couple games last year that weren’t pleasant and they remember that and don’t want to ever experience that again.”
“In years past we haven’t had anybody that could really block. This year we have four of them that can get up and block. Last night in our scrimmage, we had more blocking than what we did all year last year. That in itself is crucial, not giving people free reign to hit. We are going to have a hand up there. Markwood, Riggleman, Rinker, Carlson and Vetter.”
“That is a whole other aspect. When we are up there blocking, everyone has to be shifting and moving with the reaction of it and getting low. It all coincides with what we are trying to do.
The big thing this year is being a team, it will take every single one of us to do what we want to do. They bond and they’re really close. The transition for the underclassmen has been good, because we have good leaders. When you go to the state tournament and don’t do as well as you expected, the girls got a little taste of it and they see what the other bigger teams are doing. We want to do that.”
Moorefield will be gaining a plethora of experience by participating in three big tournaments this season playing at Doddridge County, hosting Petersburg’s matches and traveling to Ravenswood.
The Yellow Jackettes have expanded their playing coverage with matches setup against Doddridge County, Trinity Christian, Ritchie County, Charleston Catholic, and Madonna.
Moorefield started the season with a sweep of Class AA Berkeley Springs and will finish the regular season against Class AA Frankfort on October 26.
Moorefield plays the Lady Cougars on September 14 and October 14.
Getting to know the varsity volleyball players:
Kylie Crites, senior, participates in volleyball and cheerleading. Kylie’s favorite person in the entire world is her brother Kysen.
Makaleigh Snyder, senior, participates in volleyball and softball. She has a twin brother named Seth.
Macie Zirk, junior, participates in softball and volleyball. Macie’s favorite place to eat in Moorefield is Peking.
Alyssa Vetter, junior, plays volleyball and softball. Alyssa’s favorite color is purple and favorite food is chicken parmesan. She loves her dog, Diesel.
Rebekah Markwood, junior, plays softball and volleyball. Rebekah’s favorite food is any kind of pasta and her favorite cereal is Frosted Flakes.
Hanna Carlson, sophomore, plays varsity softball and volleyball. Hanna’s favorite food is spaghetti. She wears a size 13 shoe and is left-handed. Her favorite TV show is Chicago Fire.
Lindsey Rinker, sophomore, plays volleyball and basketball. Lindsey’s favorite color is blue and she has a black lab named Rascal Blue. Her favorite food is mac n cheese.
Anna Riggleman, sophomore, is a three-sport athlete. Anna’s favorite color is orange. She enjoys being in 4-H, FFA, and her church youth group.