If the level of competition at the Greenbrier Playday is any indication, area high school volleyball is in good shape.
With five teams participating, every school in the area won at least one game. The only team without a win was Clarke Central (Region 8-AAAAA) from Athens, Ga., which went 0-4.
The host Lady Wolfpack entered the round-robin event with a perfect 5-0 record, and while tested at times, won all four matches to improve to 9-0.
“Each game we improved and that’s the goal,” said head coach Debbie Born, adding that the key to her team’s success is hard work.
Facing larger schools like Greenbrier, Grovetown and Lakeside, Aquinas showed how tough it was, winning three of its four matches. The team lost only to Greenbrier, improving to 7-2. Head coach Danielle Elms was just hired a week ago and likes the makeup of her squad.
“Aquinas has always been a team that fights hard,” said Elms. “The fact that there’s no JV program and we’re a small school, the girls have more of a relationship on and off the court. There’s a lot of talent on this team. We’re lucky to have veteran leadership, and we’ve only tapped their potential.”
The Lady Fightin’ Irish ended the day winning a marathon match with Lakeside, 25-18, 29-31, 25-21.
The loss put the Lady Panthers at 1-3 for the day and 2-5 for the year. While she would have liked to have won more, head coach Moe McCormack would rather see her team peak at the right time.
“We’re a young team,” said McCormack. “I thought it was a good day and we learned a lot. The first third of the season will be about getting experience.”
Grovetown (5-3) entered its final match of the day with two wins and a loss to Greenbrier. The team lost in three games after taking game one and it dampened the day for head coach Amy Slagle, who was still able to be positive.
“We did way better this year than we did last year,” said Slagle. “We’ll continue to get better and I look forward to playing Greenbrier and Aquinas again this year.”