Varsity Volleyball Bound for State Playoffs

Oct 14, 2015 | Highlights, Middle School News, MS Athletics, Upper School News, US Athletics

image (5)The Lady Mustangs of the court finished up 2nd in their area with a 22-7 record, allowing them to host their first round GHSA STATE PLAYOFF game on Thursday, October 15 vs. Paideia. The Mustangs look to advance to the second round in a best 3 out of 5 match. Be sure to come out and cheer these ladies on to victory in the GC gym at 6:00 p.m. – it’s a WHITE OUT!
Coach Sharon Burnette enthusiastically shares, “Junior Grace Griffin has been the glue that holds us together. She is our most consistent player and is great to watch. Her teammates say she’s fun to have on the team, too. I’m proud of these girls  – they have a lot of courage. Knowing how tough I can be, they come out everyday and work hard to become better people, students and players. She show a lot of discipline, too, because each of them knows what it is going to take to move this program to the next level.”
Come to Thursday’s game to congratulate these 2 All-Area Team Members, Andie Weathers and Juliana Tyrrel!
The JV team ended their season with a solid second place finish in the JV Region Tournament. Coach Shawna Williams is extremely proud of how the JV girls came together as a team. With a final record of 17-3, the girls worked hard all season on combining and improving their communication and technical skills. Growing to 16 players in just three years, this team is getting strong!
Williams says, “Our team was great! They were very encouraging and supportive of one another. Grace McCarthy, in particular, made great strides this season and improved quite a bit. Megan Lienau played great defense as our back row player and Jackie Mecke really stepped up as our setter.”

Blue Team Volleyball finished with a 6-6 regular season record and made it into the regional playoffs.  MVPS lost to Mt. Bethel, last year’s champions, on October 5 in the first round at Mt. Bethel.

Our team was led by stellar play from our team captains Skylar Tiffin and Katie PeddlesSofia Gavalas, Sydney Levitan and Rachel Turner controlled the ball beautifully as our team setters.  We also had solid contributions from our middle and outside hitters, Charlotte Nickell, Emily Kanderis, Emma Markland, Anjali Singh, Ella Ruth Campbell and Sara Reavely.

These Mustangs had a tremendous spirit and never gave up on a point all season.  They found a way to play their best volleyball when it mattered the most in close matches and against the best competition.

The future is looking bright for the Blue Team as we gained a lot of experience this season and will be returning 8 of the 11 players we had next year.

Coach Jason Locke shares, “Blue Team Parents should all be proud of how their daughters represented them and MVPS.  This team was a joy to coach and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.”

Gold Team Volleyball finished their season with a 10-7 record, as a team filled with energy and exhibiting a “never quit” mentality.

  • Bella Vargas – Selected as Captain of the team due to her hard work ethic, passion for the game, and demonstrated leadership.
  • Sydney Carroll – Selected as Co-Captain, she is a new volleyball player, but was super intense and focused on improving. Always an encourager!
  • Lauren Roush – Ace server and high point scorer! Lauren was a return player who really helped all players become better.
  • Amelia Anderson – Amazing digger! No ball was hitting the ground if hit her direction. She was made a back court specialist due to her amazing digs.
  • Sara McLeod – Demanded the ball in practice! She always wanted it hit her way. Perfected her overhand serve at the end of the season and called it “Beast Mode” time when she got to serve.
  • Zandy Geiger – Outside Hitter! Always wanted to do her best and never let the team down. Like Sara, she always demanded the ball and craved getting as much time on the court as possible.
  • Kayli Cooper – Most coachable player! Kayli quickly became a player that had a “never say die mentality”. Kayli always performed at her highest ability.
  • Natalia Akhlaghi – This player is really tough! She took some very hard hits and was always ready to keep playing and strived to do her best. Always had a smile and demanded to have fun while playing hard.
  • Zoe Schroeder – An all around fantastic player! Any time she was put in – the ball would come back. She also became very proficient with her serve and closed out a match by hitting several great serves in a row.
  • Hunter Guttery – Drew the most respect from opponents. If a ball was hit her way, it was typically returned, resulting in a point for her team.
  • Kate Koontz – Self proclaimed best player on the team. Kate was a ton of fun and always kept coach on his toes. I loved her desire to compete and always be in the game.

Building on their momentum and looking forward to next fall, all members of the team have committed to return and sharpen their technique.
Coach Jim Mathews reflects on the season, “We had a perfect record when playing other grade 5/6 teams. Even when we played against seventh graders, we were very competitive! This group of players is poised for advancing to higher levels next year!”