Cline opens as winning coach


KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Former Keystone Heights High School multi-sport athlete Kaitlyn Cline returned to her hometown after some college athletics to earn her first win as the newest girls volleyball coach for the Lady Indians.

"When I was asked to coach the team, I had to wrap my mind around that," said Cline, a 2017 graduate and a athlete for volleyball, softball and basketball for the Lady Indians. "I asked Jordan Jennings, a Keystone Heights teammate, to help me and we are here."

In her career opener, a home match against West Nassau High, Cline, who played at Florida Gateway College in Lake City and is an elementary school teacher at McRae Elementary School, saw her team lose by five points.

"I didn't panic and told them that we got this," said Cline. "If you lose by five, it makes you play harder. We did. We won."

With the 3-1 match win Tues., Sept. 8, Cline opened up her career on a positive note and looked forward to more success.

"This is a young team and I think we learned a lot about ourselves last night," said Cline. "I think that first game was a team of sophomores suddenly realizing they were on a varsity volleyball court. They settled in and played great the next three games."

Keystone Heights won game two over Interlachen before running into Fleming Island where Cline's streak ended abruptly.


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