The Pike County High School volleyball team finished off a strong season as they earned second place in the region on the road Oct. 6 at Jackson High School. The Lady Pirates played seven straight games to earn region runnerup. They will host the first round of state playoffs at Pike County High School on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
The Lady Pirates were 16-6 for the season, despite facing obstacles throughout the season.
“COVID has been a constant obstacle to overcome due to the fact of not knowing which athletes will be quarantining at any point of the season. We have been blessed with the health of the team overall. This year was a year of readjustment. We had seven seniors graduate who were on the team last year. We had to take time to rebuild and strengthen the overall team chemistry as we added new players to the varsity team that the current five seniors were not familiar with when it comes to being on the court,” said head coach Meghan Smith.
Coach Smith is in only her second year as PCHS volleyball coach. She went to high school in Fayette County and played volleyball for middle and high school, as well as club volleyball for A5 South. She was also able to get touches in college as well.
“These ladies work hard on and off the court. Not only does their athletic ability amaze me, their academic level does as well. These girls are involved in AP classes, dual enrollment and some also balance jobs, extra-curriculars and internships. I have been impressed with each girl I have worked with on this team. We practice four to five days a week, starting very early in the season. Practices demand a lot of mental and physical capability and each athlete pushes themselves to reach the expectations I have set and more,” said coach Smith. “The relationships these girls have with one another is indescribable. It is awesome to see girls that are close friends on and off the court. Those friendships make a difference when they step onto the court.”