DANDRIDGE — Last fall, Torey Lowder was settling into her new role as an eighth grade science teacher at Maury Middle School and coaching the Lady Hornets volleyball team.
Never did she think a year later she would be the head coach at Jefferson County High School, but that became a reality three weeks ago when former Lady Patriots head coach Kylie Whaley resigned to become the men’s volleyball coach at Milligan College.
Now less than a month into her duties as head coach of the high school team, Lowder has her team prepared to make some noise this fall in the much smaller District 2-AAA, which now only consists of both Morristown East and Morristown West, Jefferson County, Cherokee and Cocke County.
Lowder said the most difficult thing about getting the job so late in season preparation was getting a rotation in place, and she spent the better part of three practice days before Thursday’s Inter Mountain Conference jamboree trying to work through it and finding the best role for each player.
“It has been difficult to come in so late in the process, but I was lucky enough to have been in on the tryout process and knew most of the girls and what they could do,” Lowder said. “We spent two full days and part of another day getting our rotation set, and I’m happy with it for the most part. We still need to fine tune it a little bit before we go out for the first match.”
At the jamboree, Lowder had Cami Mincey at setter, Jaycee Schroeder and Emily Corum at outside hitters, Tamika Wilhite playing as the middle hitter, Harley Shumaker at right side and Makayla Alvey in the middle back with Anne Elizabeth Huffaker and Courtney Worley rotating in as well as Erin Bailey playing libero.
Mincey, Corum, Wilhite, Shumaker and Worley all have plenty of experience in the lineup, giving Lowder some leeway in putting the…