The Lady Cavalier Varsity Volleyball Squad honored seniors Grace Dickerson and Lindsey Goad before their match with Giles High School on October 17.
Teammate Jolee Sloss thanked Grace for helping and supporting her on and off the court and praised her for being a positive influence on the team, saying they loved her and would miss her and told her they knew she was going to do great things.
Goad was honored by her sister, Lexi, who is also on the team. She cautioned her sister to “not do anything I wouldn’t do,” which was met by a burst of laughter by participants courtside. She said the team would miss Lindsey “more than she could possibly imagine.”
“First of all I want to thank my parents and my aunt for supporting me,” said Dickerson, choking back tears, “and my coaches (Cindy Edwards, Maleah Neely and Kim Caudle) too for giving me the help to become the player and the person I am today and taking the time for me. Last but not least I’d like to thank my team for all the years we’ve been together. Thank you all for picking me up when I was down. I love you all and you will always have a special place in my heart.”
Goad said she still found it hard to believe she is in the midst of her senior year. She said she was deeply grateful for the help and support of those around her. She thanked her mom for driving her to and from practices through the years and praised her father for his support and the example he set for her.
“I want to thank my teammates too. I couldn’t be more proud of you guys,” said Goad. “Thank you for always making sure I can count on you and always being there and always cheering me on. I couldn’t be more proud of you guys. And Grace. It’s hard to believe we started out with 22 girls and we are down to two.”
She also thanked head Coach Cindy Edwards and Assistant Coach Maleah Neely for the time and support they’d given her. She cautioned teammates to not only refrain from using Google to look up symptoms if they are feeling bad but to keep from asking Edwards for her opinion. Goad drew laughter from participants when she advised them not to share aches and pains or “She’ll tell you that something is probably rupturing, or it’s heart failure or my gallbladder is failing. On a more serious note, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls and coaches. I love you guys.”
The two presented Manager Gary Gandee with gifts in recognition of his support and the ability to keep the mood light, even if it meant taking a few pratfalls on the floor. Additional levity occurred when Dickerson accidently let it be known one gift was a watch. Edwards, apparently concerned about the unhurried pace of unwrapping exhibited by Gandee, stepped in to help him part gift from paper. Coaches Edwards, Neely and Caudle each received gifts from the duo.
“Thank you guys for the work, the hard hours you put in,” said Neely afterwards.
Edwards thanked the parents for the time a support they put in, and said the support of not just the seniors’ parents but parents of all the team’s players was critical to the program.
Unfortunately, the Cavaliers lost the Senior Night contest, falling to Giles 25-19, 25-17, 29-27. Erin Hash led Carroll (13-6, 7-5) with four kills and five blocks. Adrienne Harris had 21 digs and an ace for the Cavs and Taylor Spangler dished out 22 assists.
Taylor Spangler dished out a whopping 45 assists and six players had at least 12 digs Oct. 16 as Carroll County defeated Radford in five sets in a Three Rivers District contest in Hillsville.
Adrienne Harris led the Cavaliers with 33 digs, Jolee Sloss added 20 digs and a team-high 22 kills, Spangler had 19 digs, Cassidy Lawson chipped in 14 digs and Emily Harmon recorded 12 digs. Erin Hash contributed nine kills and a block at the net and Cassidy Lawson had 12 kills and two blocks. Lindsey Goad tacked on six more digs in the 25-27, 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 15-11 Cavalier victory.
Carroll concluded the regular season with a victory Thursday, sweeping Alleghany in three sets in a Three Rivers District battle in Low Moore.
Spangler had 27 assists and five kills and Jolee Sloss threw down 12 kills and three aces as the Cavs prevailed 27-25, 25-22, 25-15.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave