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Centennial volleyball continues record-breaking season
by Marcel Pourtout
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Staff / Erin Gray<br>Centennial right side player Caroline Robb.
Staff / Erin Gray
Centennial right side player Caroline Robb.
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Coming into this season, the Centennial volleyball team had only one winning season since 2005, which was a 21-win campaign in 2008. However, behind a blend of underclassmen merging with six seniors, the Knights have won a school-record 35 matches through Oct. 3, received consideration in numerous top-ten polls in Class AAAAAA and has positioned themselves as a contender for an area and state title later this season.

“The attitude of the girls has been great,” Centennial head coach Todd Kearney said. “We’re working hard, learning new stuff and pushing the team hard. The players have grown leaps and bounds and get in their positions to do their jobs. It’s good to see the team win.”

The offensive attack has been led by senior middle hitter Paige Elliott, who has nearly 400 kills on the season and also leads the team in blocks with 74.

“We’re a good team all around and work well together,” said senior outside hitter Rachel Chau, who’s third on the team in kills with 119. “Our serving has gotten better this year and our middles dominate in every match.”

Sophomore setter Jessica Diaz has made nearly 700 assists for the Knights while new libero, junior Mary Alvis, has nearly doubled the production of previous performers that spot from last season, amassing over 300 digs and 140 passes.

“We’ve also received strong performances from middle Mikaela Weidman, outside hitter Reagan Kearney and junior defensive specialist Savannah Chaffin, all of whom have stepped up and developed this season,” Kearney said.

The addition of assistant coach Raymond Touvor has also expedited the improvements of the Centennial team.

“The turnaround of the program has been incredible and we’re excited,” Chau said, reflecting on her four years with the varsity program. “Our success has brought excitement to Centennial because the entire school knows our record and is happy for us.”

The Knights start their area tournament this week and will eventually begin action in the state playoffs later this month. “We’re stepping up our practice schedule and intensity to surprise some teams in our region,” Kearney said. “We’re going to go far in the state playoffs,” Chau said.

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