The William Byrd volleyball team will participate in the Rockbridge Jamboree this Saturday as the girls prepare for their season opener on Tuesday, August 24. Byrd will open at home against Hidden Valley, with the jayvees opening at 5:30 pm and varsity around 7 pm.
The Terriers first scrimmage was with E.C. Glass, and this Saturday they’ll participate in the Rockbridge Jamboree along with over 20 other high school volleyball teams. The event will be held over several gyms in the area.
Byrd is looking for a good season after posting an 8-4 record in an abbreviated spring campaign after the fall season was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Terriers were eliminated in five intense sets by defending state champion Lord Botetourt in the Region 3D tournament. Byrd had ended Botetourt’s 56 game winning streak during the regular season.
Coach Allison Thornton has some outstanding returning players. Senior outside hitter Mattie Andrews is back after earning first team All-Blue Ridge District and All-Region 3D honors in the spring. Mattie was also second team Class 3 all-state as determined by the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
Senior Trinity Hylton, a first team all-district and second team all-region setter, also returns. Trinity is just 250 assists away from 1,000 for her Terrier career.
Other key seniors include outside hitter Kamryn Sigafoes and defensive specialist Chloe Harrilla. Among the juniors, Carsyn Kotz was second team All-BRD last season as a setter and Ella Ashworth was second team at libero.
Molly Cox will coach the jayvee team and assist Thornton with the varsity.