Lady Dawgs strive for state


MyCaya Jones and Jazmine Fitts

2018 was a great year for DAWG volleyball. The team made it to the second round of the “Sweet Sixteen” in 2018 and have plans to go even farther this year. The team’s goal for 2019 is to make it to the 4A state championship. During the offseason the Lady Dawgs have been putting in a lot of work. The varsity got a chance to participate in an elite tournament in Foley battling it out against much bigger schools. 

Kayleon Lamar, one of the upcoming seniors who made Shelby County’s A-list for upcoming seniors said , “she really felt like that tournament helped the team to bond and get to know one another better.” 

Both the JV and varsity went to a camp at Samford University campus where they did a lot of team drills and learning how to put all the pieces together. This year the Lady Dawgs have a young team because eight seniors graduated in May.

Coach Baswell said that , “The upcoming seniors have really stepped up this year and have been very vocal leaders to their underclassmen.” 

The four seniors are MyCaya Jones who plays outside hitter, Jazmine Fitts playing opposite hitter, Chaniya Reed setting and Kayleon Lamar playing middle blocker. The team has 18 matches and 5 tournaments on the schedule. They have a challenging season in which they play teams such as Calera and Thompson, but the biggest rivalry game should be Leeds. 

Coach Grayson said, “I’m excited to see this year’s team get revenge on Leeds and come first in area”. This should be a very fun season for the Lady Dawgs.