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

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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