Defending Volleyball Champs Venice Back in The Gym


The 2017 8A State Volleyball Champions are officially back to work and have started their pursuit of a title defense.

Fresh off a season where star Kelly Hubbard received both player of the year and athlete of the year honors.  The Venice Indians haven’t missed a beat, jumping back into the gym this week to commence summer practice.

There has been no sleep in the place some are calling “Title Town. Venice volleyball has now captured three State titles in the last six years, bringing the programs total up to five. Coach Wheatley hopes to continue to grow and thrive as a force to be reckon with across the volleyball landscape.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.