Sherando’s Singhas ready for senior season

Sherando's Kelsey Singhas follows through on a kill during volleyball practice on Thursday. Singhas will be leading the Warriors in their upcoming season. Rich Cooley/Daily

STEPHENS CITY — Kelsey Singhas has watched the seniors come and go over the last couple of years. The moment the Sherando volleyball player has been dreading has finally arrived — it’s now her turn for her senior year.

“It’s definitely so weird because you’re always like ‘oh they’re the seniors’ and now I’m a senior,” Singhas said. “Everyone’s looking up to me, and I’m just like ‘oh wow this is crazy.’ I never thought this day would come.

“… I get nervous just thinking about it, because I don’t even want to be here on Senior Night. It’s just going to be so stressful.”

While Singhas isn’t looking forward to leaving Sherando she certainly wants to make the most of her final year. She is the team’s top returning hitter and should be primed for another strong season for the Warriors.

Singhas came up to the varsity level for her sophomore season and said it was a very valuable learning year for her.

Sherando's Kelsey Singhas goes up high for a kill during a recent practice this past week. Singhas will help lead the Warriors in volleyball this season. Rich Cooley/Daily

“It was helpful because a lot of the girls were older, so playing with them made me play to their level,” Singhas said. “So, it was helpful in the game, and I had a good setter. It worked out for the best.”

Even as a sophomore Singhas led the team in kills, and followed that up with another strong season last year.

Last year Singhas was second in the area with 178 kills. The outside hitter said getting kills is her favorite part of the game and that there’s nothing better on the court than getting a big kill.

“I get really excited and then the whole team gets excited, and we just get more pumped,” Singhas said. “If any one of us gets a kill it just makes us more excited. Like if you get a good kill then that just sets the tone for the game.”

Sherando coach James Minney said Singhas has been a valuable part of the team the last two seasons.

“She has a lot of power,” Minney said. “She can adjust to the sets, which helps out tremendously. She’s good at hitting spots.”

Singhas said she played travel volleyball with the Apple Valley Volleyball Club, based out of Winchester. She said she also worked on her fitness and trained some with Frisby’s Agility Speed and Strength Training run by James Frisby in Winchester.

All of the work has paid off as Minney said Singhas will now play on the back row and said she has improved a lot on defense.

“I think her serve-receive has come a long ways, and she’s still doing better and better every day that she’s getting practice,” Minney said. “In between the two scrimmages we’ve had, she showed vast improvement on serve-receive. And she’s focusing on it, which has a lot to do with it.”

Singhas also has a strong serve and had 36 aces last year for the Warriors. She said serving is another part of the game she really enjoys.

“I like getting aces,” Singhas said. “It’s really exciting to get an ace, because then you’re back there and you keep going to the same spot. Then they know you’re going to go to that spot, so then you just change it up and keep going.”

Singhas will be one of seven seniors on this year’s squad. She said they are all very close, and she’s excited to be playing with all of them again for their senior season.

Sherando begins its season on Monday at Harrisonburg. The Warriors have a strong program, but haven’t won a district title in a few years as rival James Wood has been at the top.

With a lot of players returning from last year’s team the Warriors should be a factor in both the district and conference.

“We want to push harder,” Singhas said. “We want to do better this year. I guess that’s every team’s goal to want to do better, but we’re really working hard to get there. …We’re going to try really hard.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com