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Roswell volleyball dominates in win streak
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
September 04, 2013 02:55 PM | 1639 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Roswell varsity volleyball player Alicia Hines.
Staff / Erin Gray
Roswell varsity volleyball player Alicia Hines.
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During Roswell volleyball’s current six-match winning streak, the Hornets haven’t dropped a set. They swept fellow north Fulton county foes Alpharetta and Northview. The victories have helped propel Roswell to a 16-4 record and a top 10 ranking in the Class AAAAAA polls.

“We’ve had a strong season so far,” said Roswell head coach Jenny Harp, who is in her first year with the Hornets’ program. “We have excellent athletes who are good players. We’ve won some games and still have improvements to make but we’re getting there.”

The Hornets have been propelled by a veteran squad including five seniors. “We grew up playing together,” said senior defensive specialist Rachel Deese, who also plays on Roswell’s women’s basketball and tennis teams. “We want to leave Roswell on a good note and think we can beat all of the teams in north Fulton. We’ve faced Milton and Centennial often in intense and entertaining matchups but also expect victories in those contests. ”

Roswell has received strong contributions from juniors like outside hitter Alex Mills, setter Morgan Jones and sophomore libero Caitlynn Brooks. “All of the players have developed their skills at a high level,” Harp said. “We have an all-around good team.”

The early success in 2013 has helped boost attention to the program within the community that will only increase as region play begins on Sept. 10 against Cherokee. “We also have a junior Hornets team that practices several times a week and that has become a popular activity within Roswell,” Harp said.

The Hornets would also like a growth in postseason success as Roswell has lost in the state semifinals to Walton in 2011 and the round-of-16 last season to Mill Creek. “We’re aiming for the state championship and going to be a threat but need to continue developing our unity as a team because we have talent,” said Deese.

Roswell will return to action in a tournament this weekend hosted by Lovett in Atlanta.

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