KATHLEEN -- Bailey Rogers of Veterans had another record-setting volleyball season that saw her surpass many program marks.
Rogers finished the season with 735 assists and 195 aces, both program records. She also holds the career record in each category with 1,173 assists and 303 aces despite playing the setter position for just two seasons.
After helping lead Veterans to the GHSA Area 2-AAAA title and an Elite Eight appearance, Rogers is The Telegraph All-Middle Georgia volleyball player of the year.
“She was one of two eighth-graders that made the team in our inaugural season in 2010,” Veterans head coach Nicole Miranda said. “She’s been here from the beginning.”
Rogers comes from a volleyball family. Her mother and father are coaches with travel teams belonging to the Central Georgia Volleyball Association.
Volleyball is the only sport she participates in for the Warhawks.
“My mom and my dad have coached me since I was little,” Rogers said. “My dad still coaches me in the summer with CGVA.”
Traditionally a program that runs a 6-2 formation, Veterans chose to alter its scheme this season to keep its star setter on the court.
“I ran a 5-1 around her because she was just that special that she had to be on the court the whole time,” Miranda said. “She worked on the areas of her game that would allow us to be successful minus one hitter, but she became a (hitting) threat from the right side, as well.”
Blessed with an ability to place the volleyball, it was not uncommon for Rogers to control games from the serving line. She added a dump serve in the offseason that made her even more potent on the court as a senior.
“She spent a lot of time in the gym with repetition, and she can pretty much put the ball in any zone,” Miranda said. “She can serve short, she can serve long, and she very rarely makes errors.”
Her play garnered the attention of several small college programs that offered her a scholarship to continue her volleyball career, but Rogers is still undecided on a destination for her next four years.
“I don’t know where I’m going to go yet,” Rogers said. “I’d like to go to a bigger school. I’m considering Georgia Southern.”