Spurger’s Jamie Shumake’s expectations for the upcoming volleyball season

Spurger 640pxThe Lady Pirates at the Xcel tournament. (Left to right: Courtney Crain, Cassidy LeBouef, Ashley Mock, Jordan McFarland, Destiny Moore, Karley Wood, Kelsey Sheffield, Jamie Shumake, Shania Peavy, and Lila Fortenberry)

by Kelsey Sheffield

As the fall season is approaching, Spurger Pirates are anxious to get the ball rolling. They have a lot to be excited about. Spurger Lady Pirates volleyball is welcoming a new coach, as well as building off athletes who are developing into leaders.

An upcoming junior for the Lady Pirates is expected and expecting to make this year a great one. Jamie Shumake has participated, the past two years, in volleyball, basketball, tennis and cross country, all at the varsity level. During her freshman year, Shumake was recognized as the distrct newcomer of the year for basketball. She also reached other highs throughout her freshmen year. Along with the rest of the varsity girl's cross-country team, she advanced to the regional meet, after the team dominated in distrct. Her sophomore year, she placed 12th place at distrct which made her only two places short of advancing to regionals again.

Shumake also played tennis for the first time, her freshman year, as part of a mixed doubles team who won third place at the distrct meet, which made them the runners up for regionals. For the upcoming year, she has the intentions of playing volleyball and girl's doubles tennis, partnering with Karley Wood.

Shumake has expressed that she had many expectations for not only the upcoming volleyball season, but the two-a-days that are starting up as well. In reference to two-a-days she stated, "I am looking forward to the team bonding, and working hard while earning our varsity spots with a new coach." With the excitement of a new coach, and players that are growing into role players and stepping up as leaders, the season is under pressure of great expectations.

Shumake shared, "This season will be a bit of an uphill battle, but with an amazing new coach and awesome teammates, it's nothing we cannot handle." The Lady Pirates will be a team to keep up with because they are determined to fulfil their goals of a productive season.

Best of luck to Shumake and the rest of the Lady Pirates.

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