Volleyball Preview 2020: Rabun County
It was a semifinal (Final Four) run in 2019 for the Lady Cats, which marked its deepest run yet. Could we see similar success in 2020?
Head Coach: Reggie Rider, 2nd Season
2019 Record: 17-22; State Final Four; Region Champions; #4 State Ranking
The Final Four run followed a string of three straight seasons of improvement in the playoff runs. Sweet 16 in 2017, Elite 8 in 2018, and Final Four in 2019. If that pattern holds, 2020 could see a Finals appearance. This program has made state in six of the past seven seasons, and has been ranked inside the top ten in every year since 2013.
Key Departures: Destiny Deetz
Key Returning Players: Lexi Crump, Gracie Deetz, Lyndee Hollifield, Abbye Carver
This team will certainly miss having Destiny Deetz in the lineup, but there are still plenty of pieces back to make another legit run in the area.
Strengths & Areas of Focus
Strengths: Experience, as well as past success. Not that the program will rest on that, but that it means they are conditioned to have more of it.
Focusing On: Getting hot at the right time. The team will probably have some ebbs and flows, but it will be about clicking together come playoff time that will determine the fate of the team.