Gators volleyball starts season with a win after pre-season loss

Although the Wewahitchka Lady Gators started their 2022 volleyball season with a 5-set loss to the Altha Wildcats on Tuesday, August 16, head coach Nikita Andrews remained upbeat about her young team.

Since it was a pre-season match, “I wasn’t worried about winning or losing, but finding a good rotation with the girls,” said Andrews.

“I made a lot of lineup changes,” said Andrews, (and) “watching the aggression at the net, and the back row working as a unit really has me excited for these girls.”

The scores for the five sets were 25-8, 19-25, 25-18, 20-25, and 13-15.

Two nights later on Thursday, August 18, the Gators swept the Godby Cougars of Tallahassee in two sets, 25-14 and 25-22 for their first win of the season.

While continuing to make changes in her rotations, Andrews said that “the girls worked hard and played hard. They play (better) when they’re having fun.”

“They are young and inexperienced, but they are athletes,” said Andrews. “They really surprised me this week, (and) the future looks promising.”

The Gators were set to resume action on Tuesday, August 23, at Franklin County, followed by their first home match on Thursday, August 25, against the Bozeman Bucks.

Here is the remainder of the Gator schedule:

Monday, August 29 — at Liberty County
Tuesday, August 30 — Port St. Joe
Thursday, September 1 — at North Florida christian
Tuesday, September 6 — Cottondale
Thursday, September 8 — at Bozeman
Tuesday, September 13 — Franklin County
Monday, September 19 — Rutherford
Tuesday, September 20 — at Port St. Joe
Thursday, September 22 — at Cottondale
Monday, September 26 — at Rutherford
Tuesday, September 27 — Liberty County
Monday, October 3 — at Wakulla Christian
Thursday, October 6 — Godby
Monday, October 10 — Wakulla Christian
Tuesday, October 11 — at Altha
Thursday, October 13 — at St. John Paul

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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