Kelsey Oliver and Mckensie Barnes were in the 8th grade when Chambers Academy began its volleyball program under the direction of then head coach, Kayla Black. Neither girl had ever played any organized form of volleyball before but both were eager to learn the game. Fast forward five years later to 2017 where the girls are now senior captains and leaders of this year’s team: where for the past three years they have been expanding their knowledge of the game under current volleyball head coach, Chandra Beck. As these two leaders embark on their senior year the LaFayette Sun would like to take the opportunity to get to know them better; spotlighting their achievements and future goals.
Kelsey is the 17 year old daughter of Steve and Ashley Oliver. She has attended Chambers Academy since daycare. In addition to volleyball, Kelsey also plays basketball and softball for Chambers Academy. She plans to attend Central Alabama Community College where she has been offered a scholarship to play softball. She is the current SGA president and Editor of the Yearbook staff at CA. She is also a member of the National Beta Club where she has served as an officer. Kelsey’s hobbies include hunting, spending time with friends and playing travel softball with her team, Alabama Force. Kelsey was the 2016 recipient of the Don McGinty Award which is given yearly to a male and female athlete who letter in at least two varsity sports and exhibits good sportsmanship. She was selected to play on the 2017 AISA All- Star Softball team and was awarded captain and best defensive player for varsity softball in 2017 as voted on by her team. Kelsey attends Center Baptist Church where she is involved in youth activities.
Mckensie is the 17 year old daughter of Ray and Lisa Barnes. She has attended Chambers Academy since 8th grade. In addition to volleyball, Mckensie is also a cheerleader and plays softball for Chambers Academy. She plans to attend college after graduation and eventually become an orthodontist. She enjoys swimming and watching movies in her spare time. She is a member of the National Beta Club and Pep Club. McKensie was chosen as an AISA All-Star in cheer and also selected as an UCA All American Cheerleader. As an AISA All-Star cheerleader she will cheer at the AISA football game at the Crampton Bowl later this year and she will also perform in the Disney Christmas parade. She was selected to represent Chambers Academy at Girls State this past summer in Tuscaloosa. McKensie is an active member of Lifesprings Baptist Church.