Henderson volleyball having best start in years


Blanton Matthews

Team pictures of Henderson volleyball lined up on wall in Duke Wells center.

Along the halls of the Duke Wells HPER center are trophies and pictures of sports glory past. Perhaps someday in the not-too-distant future these storied walls will have a record of the exploits of the 2021 Lady Reddie volleyball team.

At time of writing, the Lady Reddie volleyball team has an 11-4 record of wins to losses, their best record for this point in a season since 2018. In fact, prior to two unfortunate back-to-back brutal in-conference losses to Arkansas Tech and Harding, the 2021 team had a record that equaled the 2018 squad for the best 13-game season opening run until as far back as the 1993-94 season.

“We feel pretty good about our record at this point,” said head coach Phil McDaniel.

To give some background and cultural context, that is well before any of the present squad was even born. Films including Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park” and Richard Linklater’s breakout “Dazed and Confused” were in theaters, the latter film being released closer to its setting period of 1976 than the present day.

At time of writing, the face-offs with Southern Arkansas University and University of Arkansas at Monticello on September 28 and 30 respectively have not taken place. However, despite those back-to-back conference losses last week which McDaniel described as a “wake-up call,” the team felt optimistic going into this week’s matches.

“No team in this conference will be an easy win but we as a team are confident that we can beat any team in the GAC. Those games will be ours if we work as a team, apply what we’ve worked on in practices, and play hard throughout,” said Dani Dagley, a redshirt junior and defensive specialist on the team.