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Lady Rebels showing improvement
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Effingham County’s Heather Smith leaps for the ball in a match on Saturday. - photo by Photo by Jimmy Currier

Effingham County’s volleyball team discovered they have a lot of work to do if they want to advance to the state tournament.

The Lady Rebels went 1-2, finishing third in an area 2-AAAA play date at ECHS on Saturday.

The Lady Rebels started the event defeating Brunswick 25-16, 18-25, 25-23. Next, they lost to Glynn Academy 23-25, 25-13, 25-18 and finished being swept by Lakeside-Evans, 25-21, 25-7.

“We’re passing better and the girls were ready to play,” ECHS volleyball coach Mike Baczynski said. “Our passing and communication has improved, but we still have work to do.”

Effingham County has never advanced to the state playoffs, but Baczynski believes if his team continues to improve, they have a chance.

“Our serving is getting better and our overall play is improving,” he said. “But we have to be more consistent. Overall, I’m pleased.”

The Lady Rebels have more than a month to prepare for their end of the season test. The area tournament isn’t until Oct. 19.

Playing tough competition only improves a team and Effingham County has a tough challenge on Saturday, competing in the South Effingham Invitational, which starts at 9 a.m.