Gators striving for success in year two of Singleton era

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After losing three seniors, two of which were captains, Josh Singleton is looking to a group of rising seniors to lead Spring Creek volleyball to a conference title contention this season.

Singleton looks to have 12-15 players this year and after having only 11 this past season, he is encouraged that the competition level will be higher.

“Hopefully the example that the rising seniors saw and set last year will flow over so we can get the younger players to mix well with our experience,” the coach said. “Hopefully they can take over the team, that’s ideal for us.”

Spring Creek is coming off a 3-15 record last season. Emily Dupuy, Alexandra Kimes and Elizabeth Lynch “will lead the team and as they go, we will go,” Singleton said.

This is year two of Singleton in the Swamp so the Gators are still ironing out the kinks to move into the right direction. Singleton has emphasized the importance of open gyms this summer and since the official season doesn’t start till August, open gyms are really the only thing the Gators can focus on to get better.

“When I was in high school, my coach had a saying, ‘the little things win games.’ That’s our mantra, we’re trying to apply that and emphasize that,” he said. “One of our biggest weaknesses was our serve returns last year and once we get those little things under control, it’ll make a big difference. We’ve struggled to have open gyms in the past but having it this summer has helped a lot and we’ve had a good amount of people coming out.”

And these girls are already champions, he said.

“Looking at the history of our players, this group of girls won the conference championship in middle school so I think we will be extremely competitive. Success isn’t always measured by the wins,” he said, but “I’m very optimistic. We’re just trying to build a foundation so we can get this program in the direction that it needs to go.”

The beginning of the season is quickly approaching, Spring Creek will have its first match Aug. 10 at C.B. Aycock for a jamboree. The Gators will also be in action at the Wayne County tournament on Aug. 24 at Goldsboro High.

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