Christine Condon is set to take the reins of the Lady Vikings volleyball program as varsity head coach replacing Christy Meanear who worked with the program for the past eight seasons and led the North Stokes ladies to a state championship win in 2011.
Condon helped Menear last season and said the coach was very intentional about building team unity and worked hard outside of the gym to form a cohesive group of players.
The new coach shares that same philosophy.
“We’re not changing a lot including our offense. We have seven returners, six seniors and we want to continue to build off of what they’ve been taught,” Condon said.
The coach said Chandley Garner and Lauren Charleville are coming back as the team’s strong hitters, both leading the Northwest conference in kills.
Ashley Smith and Tana Frye will be competitive returners on defense.
“Both led the conference in digs,” Condon said. “Tana was number two and averaged four and half per set. She’s an excellent libero.”
Also adding to the Lady Vikings defense is Carson Watkins and Katie McComb.
The coach’s daughter, Megan Condon, led the team last year in assists finishing second place in the conference with 81, and is ranked third in the state in 1A schools for digs.
“All the returners rank high in the conference and Tana, Chandley, and Megan rank high in the state as well,” Condon said. “That’s why we’re not changing offense. We’re going to let these returners come in and finish what they’ve already started.”
Condon isn’t new to coaching. She’s been at North Stokes for the past six years and worked with the softball and basketball program.
“I enjoy seeing athletes grow in their sports. I think it really helps build confidence and it’s a great way to get involved and meet people right away,” she said. “I think athletes tend to be very well organized which also helps you succeed throughout high school and that competition always spills over into the classroom.”
Condon has been to volleyball camps and clinics and said she appreciates how competitive and creative volleyball can be.
“It’s a great sport and we have a great group of girls here.”
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