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Thursday, August 17, 2017 Goldsboro News-Argus — 5 GOLDSBORO (919) 745-8558 206 N. Berkeley Blvd., Goldsboro, NC 27534 GOLDSBORO (919) 745-8560 1301 Parkway Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27534 Need more room? *Certain restrictions apply. We have storage and more! Boxes & Moving Supplies Climate Controlled Units Month to Month Leases Moving Truck Available Video Surveillance Online Payments PRINCETONHIGHSCHOOL• VOLLEYBALL Princeton senior Emily Ricks attempts a kill during a match last season. Ricks and her Bulldog teammates expect to be in the thick of the Carolina 1-A Conference volleyball race again this season. News-Argus file photo By RUDY COGGINS rcoggins@newsargus.com PRINCETON — One by one they walked across the stage to accept their diplo- mas. Blake Hinnant.Erika Hines.Leah Narron.Daisey Eklund.Kortney Edwards. Beth Braswell. Mixed emotions streamed through Paige Renfrow. Six key pieces of perhaps the most-successful era in Princeton High School vol- leyball had just graduated.A period that included the pro- gram's first-ever state title and 65 victories over a three- year span had ended. "I thought that we'd be having a rebuilding year this year,"said Renfrow,who had just given birth to her second child,Sawyer,months before the momentus —and tearful — occasion. "(But) I'm very comfortable starting the season.I've been surprised with the under- classmen,even some of the freshmen coming in are strong.This ninth-grade group is going to be like the Kelsey Peedin,Taylor Carroll,Hailey Wood (class) ...that caliber of play." High praise for a group that has yet to handle the ball in either the offensive or defensive phase of live play. Peedin,Carroll,and Wood helped guide PHS to the state 1-A crown in 2014 and a runner-up finish in 2015. One starter returns. Senior Emily Ricks cranked out 83 kills last sea- son and has 248 for her career. The next five? Renfrow didn't experience too many sleepless nights as she pondered a starting six to pencil into the scorebook. Junior Lily Eklund is expect- ed to run the floor show.Sara Daughtry,a left-handed freshman,is an option at either middle hitter or on the right side. Ricks is on the outside along with newcomer Callie Jones. The libero job belongs to Madison Massey. "She's just a pleasure. She's quick,"Renfrow said of Massey."She's eager to please...sort of like a Jenna Woodard.Nothing's ever good enough.Keep hitting to me until I get it exactly right. "I feel comfortable with where the girls are going to play,what positions I needed to fill and the strength that I've been pleasantly sur- Renfrow gets positive vibes in practice ■Graduation depletes starting lineup,but the seventh-year head coach thinks PHS is a league-title contender. See VIBES,Page 19

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