It’s clear that Kennedy White can swing from any spot on a volleyball court.
The Enloe senior can dig up the trickiest of attacks and even toss up an assist if necessary.
She displayed her range of skills against Sanderson on Tuesday. While the Eagles played with spurts of energy throughout the Cap-8 Conference match, they fell to the visitors, 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-11), surrendering leads in the last two sets.
White led the Eagles with eight kills.
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But her polished dexterity is fairly new, she said, as she competed in club volleyball for the first time in the offseason.
“I worked on my passing game, serve-receive especially, and back-row hitting,” said White, who recorded five digs against the Spartans. Enloe hosted an undefeated Broughton team Thursday. “I think it’s valuable to stay strong and always stay intense in a game. Instead of the ball going back row and I free ball it over, I can hit it instead of just giving them an easy ball.”
White looked comfortable attacking for the back row, and she dominated the outside in front.
But then, the Eagles’ attacks became less severe and less controlled.
Enloe had leads throughout the second set and early in the third before Sanderson pulled away, the Spartans using tips to trip up the Eagles and ultimately reverse a three-game losing streak.
Sanderson senior Syndey Gunter sent down a tip to tie the third set at 2-2, the game then rapidly slipping through Enloe’s fingers.
“We were playing back-to-back with them, but I think in the end, we got in our heads and we just got too comfortable,” said White, who raced out of bounds to keep a ball in play with one arm down the stretch. “We just let it go and stopped playing like we should have.”
The Eagles have won just four sets in the Cap-8 – 20 on the year after the Sanderson match, while allowing 33 total this season.
Enloe coach Shammara Jones said the Eagles, a team full of experienced seniors, often mimic the efforts of White, one of the team captains.
“She’s very aggressive,” Jones said about White, who leads the team in kills. “When we keep her mentally in the game and physically in the game, then the girls gravitate toward her and say, ‘Oh, Kennedy got an ace, I want an ace.’ It’s a great benefit having her on our team.”
White started playing her sport as a freshman.
The more she fell in love with it, she said, the more she focused on improving.
Volleyball is something she wants to be part of her future.
“I’ve improved a lot over the last year with my club season,” White said. “I just thought volleyball was something I actually wanted to do, like in college, so I just decided I should do something else outside of school (volleyball) to get better in the meantime.”
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