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D.H. Conley's Elana Fuller, left, goes up against J.H. Rose's Abby Wordsworth during their game on Sept. 11, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Q: How did you get started in volleyball?

A: “I was 14. There was a travel ball meeting at my dad’s work, and he asked if I was interested. I told him that I wasn't really interested in it. Then my dad and my mom both made me go, so I tried out and I made the second-lowest team. It wasn’t too bad for my first time trying.”

Q: It takes a lot of work to have the success you and your team have achieved. Do you practice away from your team?

A: “Yeah, I do individually. We trained in the offseason, which we haven’t done before. We did weightlifting and a ton of conditioning.”

Q: You guys are undefeated so far this season (14-0). Is there any pressure continuing your season and living up to the great teams of the past? 

A: “It’s definitely exciting, and there’s a lot of pressure knowing we have a target on our back from every team. We lost our best hitter last season so being a senior this year, I wasn’t sure how (the season) was going to go. Us seniors being leaders, we set the bar very high. Coach always says, ‘Always give 110%.’

Q: What is it like playing in a conference with other great volleyball programs like J.H. Rose and South Central?

A: “It’s very tough. There’s a lot of nerves before a big game, but talking to each other and communication is a big part of how we play. I think an advantage we have is that we played a big game against Chapel Hill before the season started. It helped our team know that no one else can hang with us.”

Q: How do you balance being a great athlete and a great student?

A: “I really try to stay organized. I keep a calendar of what I need to do. My friends help as well. It’s a lot easier because I have a great support system with my family. I understand that if I have to miss a practice to study I have to do that, because school comes first.”

Q: What advice would you give to younger athletes who want to succeed on the court and in the classroom?

A: “I’d say listen to your parents. There’s a lot of times where I’ve thought, ‘I wish I listened to them.’ I’d also say get ahead early. You have to get ahead of the game early, play young and practice a lot. In the end it’s your life. You have to go get what you want out of it.”

Contact Jake Keator jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


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The weather once again played a factor in the scheduling of high school football games in Pitt County this week. In preparation for the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Michael, J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley both played road games on Wednesday and both teams walked away with wins.

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South Central volleyball celebrated its seniors in style on Tuesday night, as the Falcons moved to 16-1 on the season after defeating C.B. Aycock 3-0.

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J.H. Rose and D.H. Conley both saw their road games moved to Wednesday to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Michael, which is expected to become a hurricane and affect the region later this week.

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October 09, 2018

Take a look at how local high school football teams are set as the season enters the home stretch:


Record: 4-3, 1-1

Conference: 2-A Eastern Carolina

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Worst loss: 28-7 at Kinston

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