Volleyball Preview 2022: Lumpkin County
The Lady Indians are fresh off a fourth consecutive state tournament berth. During Haley Dibble’s tenure (entering fourth season), Lumpkin has won a region title, made a trio of state berths including a Sweet 16 run, earned a #7 state ranking, and won 65 matches in the process. This year could be pretty special in Dahlonega, as once again the team is loaded with athletic talent.
Head Coach: Haley Dibble, 4th Season
2021 Record: 17-20; Region Runner-Up; State Rnd 1
“As always, we hope to improve our game each time we take the court,” says Dibble. “I expect to see our team grow and develop this season individually and as a team. We are excited to get the season started, and are excited to compete with some of the new teams in our area this season.”
Key Departures: Reagan Spivey, Kiersta Trammell
Key Returning Players: Lexi Pierce, Mary Mullinax, Karson Price, Morgan Powell
No doubt losing MH Reagan Spivey and Setter Kiersta Trammell is going to hurt. Those two were often Player of the Year candidates. However, their legacy lives on, and athletes such as basketball stars Lexi Pierce and Mary Mullinax will compliment pieces like Karson Price and sophomore Morgan Powell.
Strength & Area of Focus
Strength: “We have a core group of girls who have been playing together for years and know each other well on the court,” adds Dibble. “They have built an amazing chemistry and know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. We also have some power hitters returning, especially with Lexi Pierce on the right and Morgan Powell outside.”
Focus: “With the loss of our two seniors, we will focus on coming together as a team with some new leadership,” states Dibble. “Kiersta and Reagan were amazing leaders both on and off the court, so we are looking for some of our returning players to fill this role. We are also excited at all of the new talent joining our program this year, and seeing how these younger girls fill some gaps on our team.”