High school volleyball: Strong start for young Salisbury side
Posted at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022
Fifth in a series of stories about Rowan’s volleyball teams...
By Mike London
SALISBURY — The Salisbury Hornets are off to a strong start to the volleyball season and have a good chance of continuing.
The Hornets are young, but there’s power and skill in the sophomore class, so they can expect to be robust in 2023 and 2024 as well.
The Hornets aren’t big, but they have good athletes.
The coaching situation is stable, with Andrea Davis and Steve Yang returning to guide the team.
In the best-case scenario, the Hornets are vying for their first Central Carolina Conference championship since 2014 — the days of Juliana Anderson.
Hanging a banner takes a lot, but first place in the playoffs and the first winning season since 2016 are realistic goals.
East Davidson has a great player and looks like the team to beat. West Davidson has tradition. Lexington isn’t bad at all in volleyball these days and made the playoffs in 2021.
But overall, it’s a friendly and manageable league for the Hornets. Most CCC bullies moved to 3A with the realignment that began last fall.
Senior Brooke Cunningham can play in the middle or strike from the outside and won’t leave the pitch much. She had 22 kills as the Hornets started this season 3-0. and she will have her share of excavations.
The Hornets’ go-to hitter is second outside hitter Ava Morris. She had 38 kills in the first three games. She is also good in defense and has 25 digs.
Also in the sophomore class are Addie Myers, who is an undersized (5-foot-6) hitter who gets her share of wins, and Elinor Hinson, the daughter of AD Brian Hinson.
Hinson is a track high jumper and has rebound. She could lead the team in blocks.
Sophomore Ashley Yang will be relied upon to make most split-second on-court decisions. She will get the assists (85 in the first three games), a lot of digs (45) and a few kills.
Freshman Dayami Acevedo was a key addition to the defense. Acevedo, Katie Peeler and Sheenya Daugherty are racking up quite a bit of digs.
The well-known basketball seniors Icesis Nwafor Abigail Perez and Maddie Albright are also on the list. They don’t have as much playing experience as some of the younger players, but senior leadership is still important.
The Head Coach: Andrea Davis (6th year, 37-61)
2021: 10-12 overall, 6-6 1A/2A Central Carolina Conference (4th)
Playoffs: Last playoff team was in 2016
Conference: Central Carolina Conference 1A/2A (North Rowan, South Davidson, Thomasville, Lexington, East Davidson, West Davidson)
Noteworthy: Ashley Yang, Ava Morris, Brooke Cunningham