CLIFTON – Despite playing in the tough District 17-3A boasting three state-ranked teams throughout the season, the young Clifton Lady Cub volleyball team made their presence known. And when season accolades were handed out, the Lady Cubs were recognized for their efforts.
Sophomore Ava Anderson led the way by being named to the All-District 17-3A First Team, followed by senior Audrey Anderson making the second-team, while senior Josephine Burke and junior Bailey Ledbetter earned Honorable Mention recognition.
“Looking back on the season, I was very proud and impressed with the way we played throughout the season,” Clifton volleyball’s first-year head coach Paige Poth said. “I thought it was a great building year and the girls put down a good foundation for the future. We competed every single game, and they should be proud of what they did this year.”
The Lady Cubs were honored for their efforts in the classroom as well with sophomore Kynli Bearden, sophomore Karyme Fuentes, freshman Carley Caniford, freshman Camryn Caniford, freshman Elizabeth Scott, Audrey Anderson, Burke and Ledbetter received Academic All District honors.
Armed with only two seniors and a host of talented underclassmen, the Lady Cubs did not realize their dream of making the Class 3A, Division II playoffs for the first time in years this season. But under the guidance of Poth, the Lady Cubs have laid the foundation for the future.
“I am excited for what the future holds,” Poth said. “We have a great group of kids coming in next year and I think they will do great things for us as we continue to grow as a program. We continue to grow and build while in the off season. The girls are working hard, and working towards goals, and I am ready to see all of it come together next season.”
Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS
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