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Buford High School volleyball coach Robbie Loudermilk has his share of experience with the 2013 Lady Jackets’ squad.
Buford returns seven players, including two veteran starters, as it seeks to improve on a 7-19-3 record, which included a 3-7 mark in Region IV-AA play.
The Lady Jackets are led by senior standout Summer Mungo, an outside hitter, who is in her third season as a starter. A year ago, Mungo earned Class AA all-state, all-region and the Lady Jackets MVP.
She will captain the Lady Jackets this season. Mungo will be joined in the maroon and gold starting cast by senior setter Ashley Lloyd, who is in her second season as a starter.
Buford also returns five players who earned their share of experience last season for the Lady Jackets.
The group includes senior utility player Alyson Parker, defensive specialist Madison Flynn, defensive specialist Nicole Hudson along with junior outside hitter Adrianna Ray.
“We have our share of experience and talent this season,” Loudermilk said. “I feel we’ve gotten more competitive with each season. If we keep a positive attitude, I like our chances.”
Loudermilk can also count on six newcomers – a senior, two juniors and three sophomores.
Tatyana Stewart, a senior defensive specialist, is back with the BHS squad after playing two years ago.
Juniors up from the junior varsity team include setter Valerie Jones and libero Sonya Ramsey. Ramsey was a Co-MVP on the Lady Junior Jackets team last fall, while Jones earned the Jacket Pride Award.
Sophomore middle hitter Gabby Davis, who shared the BHS jayvee MVP Award with Ramsey, is a varsity newcomer along with sophomore middle hitter Autumn Rabon, who won the Lady Junior Jackets’ Most Improved Player Award.
Sophomore Jensen Shelby, who is also up from the junior varsity volleyball team, will work at setter and outside hitter.
“I think the key to our season is our attitude,” said Loudermilk, who is in his fifth season leading the Lady Jackets’ volleyball team. “We have to maintain a positive attitude throughout the season.”
He added he expects a tough region campaign this fall.
“Night-in and night-out in this region, you have to be come out ready to play,” he said. “It’s competitive and each match will be a challenge. From top to bottom, this region ranks as one of the toughest in Class AA volleyball.”
Loudermilk is assisted by Wendy Sullivan and Taylor Roberts, a former Lady Jackets player.