Fall High School Sports Preseason Preview – Independence Volleyball

Team Captains Caroline Wehr, and Sukti Bhundari.
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MINT HILL, NC – Another exciting sport that continues to grow in popularity is girl’s high school volleyball. These young ladies will play with a lot of energy and teamwork, and will learn communication is key to their success.

Action on the court.
Action on the court.

Coach Lindsey McSwain and new Assistant Coach Jasmine Blowe have high expectations for their team. They want to build a team that strives to work together to be better than they were the day before by developing well-rounded players on and off the court.



“We expect our players to communicate and dedicate themselves to the ‘Big I’ purpose we have established for this team by being present, prepared, prompt, positive, and productive in everything we do,” said Coach McSwain. These are the “Five P’s.”

Player returning a serve.
Player returning a serve.

The Southwestern 4A Conference has always been competitive, but with the addition of Charlotte Catholic and Providence, it will make the challenge even greater this upcoming season. Myers Park has always been a strong conference team but will not compete in the SW4A until at least 2025. But with the addition of two solid programs entering the conference, the Lady Patriots are going to have to step up their game to compete at a high level.

“Our goal is to always win and do well in the standings,” said Coach McSwain, “but more than that, we really are focused on being a competitive team in the conference.”

The 2021 Indy Volleyball Team.
The 2021 Indy Volleyball Team.

The Patrios lost six graduating seniors coming in to this year; in fact, 12 seniors have “retired” over the past two seasons. This puts the Patriots in a position to develop and groom a core group of players over the next 2-3 years. This represents an opportunity to grow a new talent pool from within and build a solid foundation.

The varsity team Captains are senior Sukti Bhundari and junior Caroline Wehr, who are both expected to show leadership, good judgment, and character, while making an important contribution on the court for the Patriots.

Overall, there are quite a few juniors returning, and they are expected to make a significant contribution this season. Also, there is a crop of good incoming freshman talent that the coaches are really excited about, which makes them believe their future is bright.

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