Photos by Rome City Schools
Rome High School’s gymnasium stood jam-packed with volleyball enthusiasts and die-hard Wolf fans that were in attendance to support the Varsity and JV Lady Wolves as they faced off against the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (LFO) Warriors and the Armuchee Indians in two key matches.
Signs of encouragement hung from the walls supporting the seniors who were being recognized during a special ceremony between matches for Senior Night. The senior players who were recognized during the Senior Presentation were Katie Beth Davis (4), Kallan Carper (12), Caroline Young (13) and Olivia Vardy (6).
“We had such a great crowd who came out to support us tonight,” said Carper. “It is always exciting to see our peers supporting us. This has probably been the best season we have had thus far.”
Katie Beth Davis also agreed with Carper mentioning the Wolf Pack student section. “Our student section Twitter page stays on top of making sure everyone knows to come out and support us during games.”
Not only was it Senior Night, but these two games served as momentum as the Lady Wolves head into the Area Tournament next week. “Next Tuesday is our last area matches—we go to Paulding and will play Paulding County and Villa Rica, which we are tied with for third place (top four go to State),” explained
Head Coach, Alecia Parker. “I am most definitely looking forward to that because I have a lot of faith in my girls. We are really determined and focused at practices and our serves have been spot-on, so I am excited to see how that plays out.”
The Lady Wolves played LFO at the beginning of August and lost, so the Wolves were out looking for revenge. Well, the hard work in preparation paid off. The Wolves defeated Lakeview- Fort Oglethorpe in the third set, winning 25-12, 27-25 and 15-6. The Lady Wolves also beat Armuchee in the second set, winning 25-13 and 25-18.
For the night, Laramie Johnson and Abby Hart had two blocks, Katie Beth Davis had six aces and several amazing saves, Olivia Vardy and Katie Beth Davis had thirteen kills, Caroline Young had 22 assists and Kallan Carper had six kills and 11 assists.
“Our team chemistry has been as strong as ever this season. Everyone on our team is super awesome. We all hang out with each other outside of school and practice, because we have truly become a family,” said Vardy.
Young agreed stating, “With this being our senior year it is sad, but I am so proud of how far we have come and can’t wait to see how far we continue to go!”
The Rome Lady Wolves Volleyball Team plays their next two matches on Tuesday, October 2 at Paulding County for their last region games before the area tournament. Be sure to come out and support the Lady Wolves as they host the Area Tournament, which runs October 11-13. Go Wolves!