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North Paulding volleyball player signs
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
May 02, 2013 09:47 AM | 1137 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senior Cat Conley serves during a game this past season.
Senior Cat Conley serves during a game this past season.
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Senior Catherine “Cat” Conley recently signed a volleyball scholarship with Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

As a senior Conley helped her team finish with a 28-3 record after making it to the first round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA State Playoffs.

Head coach Geoff Gardener said Conley was an “invaluable player” for the team this year as she led the team with 173 kills and 72 blocks, 39 of which were singles.

“She always gave 100 percent on the court. Even when we were down she would keep fighting and pumping up the team trying to get them to rally back. She will be greatly missed next year,” said Gardener.

In her senior year, according to Gardener, there were many matches won by North Paulding thanks to Conley and her energy on the court.

One game which Gardener noted was against North Cobb Christian on Aug. 16. After winning the first set, then losing the second, the Wolfpack needed a win, but allowed North Cobb Christian to go up by 10 points.

“Cat got subbed into the front row and immediately put up a big block. This gave us control of the ball. The very next play she had a huge kill which fired the team up. It was a complete morale change for us,” Gardener said as the team won the set 25-23, winning the match.

The energy that Conley possesses combined with her attitude is one of her best qualities as a player, according to Gardener. He described her as “always upbeat and looking for the positive.” Gardener also said Conley brings “so much energy” to the game that others around her “get fired up” just watching her play.

As Conley prepares for graduation and college volleyball, Gardener said once she gets used to her new team, Conley will do just fine.

“I think Cat has more than enough talent to be successful at college ball. She is a natural athlete and will continue to improve and dominate the game at Lee…On top of gaining a great athlete, I think they are gaining a great student,” said Gardener.
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