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Senior Samantha Bowron hits the ball over the net during a game.

The girls varsity volleyball team started their season in August and are on the way to the district playoffs on Oct. 17 and 19. The district playoffs could take the girls to regionals, and then possibly states. Since the team is in the number one spot heading into the district playoffs, they will start off by playing a lower seated team.

“Last year we made it to the final eight, and won the SAC Conference Championship and the District Championship,” coach Allan Knight said. “[This year] I am hoping [to] have everyone fully healthy as we go into the playoffs to make a run for states.”

 If the girls beat their semifinal match on Oct. 17, they will play in the district championship on Oct. 19. Anticipating this, the girls are confident in their success. 

“Our team is strong because we all have a good bond with one another and that chemistry reflects onto the court and makes us stronger,” senior Austin Knight said. “We practice about two to three times a week for two hours each time.” 

After districts, the girls would move to the three rounds of regional play. If they win, they will go to the state final, but if they lose any one game in between, their season will be over. Beating the competition means a lot to the team because not only would it be a fun experience, but it would also help them professionally.

“I’m super excited for districts, I think we should do well,” junior Amina N’Diaye said. “I would like to maybe pursue volleyball as a career because right now I train with the national team, and it’s really an amazing experience and I think I would like to one day play professionally like that.” 

Winning the competition would also mean a lot to the Knight family, as this is Coach Knight’s daughter Austin’s last year on the team.

 “Having my dad as a coach, these last four years wouldn’t have been the same if he wasn’t there by my side the whole way through,” senior Austin Knight said. “I’m really grateful for that.” 

Coach Knight, who has been coaching volleyball for twenty five years, had the opportunity to walk his daughter down the court on the girls’ senior night match against Masters Academy, which they proceeded to win 3-0. 

“It is great to see [Austin] grow in the program,” Coach Knight said. “She has put a lot of dedication into the team the past 4 years and we have a lot of good moments together.” 

 

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Sophomore Sammie Jo Clark is a second year reporter for the Brantley Banner and the entertainment/opinions section editor. Outside of school, Clark is a film and commercial actress who has been in various movies, and also trains in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai. She can be found anywhere there is a set, or in a library reading, and you can check out her IMDb page linked below. Clark is a Marvel enthusiast and also has strong opinions on trending books. She plans on pursuing a career as an actress in the film industry, and hopes to provide unique opinions on upcoming events.
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Madalyn Propst is a senior, and the multimedia editor for 2023-2024, she is heavily involved in the school's chorus, and the Florida Democratic Party. She plans on double majoring in political and computer science in the fall.
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