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Patriots Volleyball seeks postseason berth
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
August 07, 2013 11:17 AM | 1956 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Mt. Pisgah varsity volleyball player Brittany Halloran.
Staff / Erin Gray
Mt. Pisgah varsity volleyball player Brittany Halloran.
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When Mt. Pisgah volleyball head coach Michael Webster joined the Patriots’ staff prior to the 2011 season, he took over a program that was in the midst of transition into a Georgia High School Association (GHSA) member and coming off of a two-win season.

The Patriots have increased its win totals each season since with a nine-win campaign last year and expectations are high this season. Mt. Pisgah was one win away in the area tournament from making the postseason as a GHSA member for the first time last season.

The Patriots will return senior Brittany Halloran, who will start as the right-side setter after a strong performance last season which included 90 assists, 69 digs and 36 kills. Fellow senior Bayley Bostic secures the defense as a libero and her 201 digs last year are the most for a returning Patriots’ player this season. Senior Jessica Townsend will be a contributor as an outside-middle. “Our seniors bring leadership, experience and know how close we came to making the playoffs. They’re surrounded by young talent,” said Webster.

Mt. Pisgah may integrate up to nine ninth-graders into the varsity team that will consist of approximately 13 players.

The mixing of freshman and upperclassmen ties into the sports environment of the school. “We have about 20 percent of the female population at the school playing a sport,” stated Webster.

“It’s an intimate setting where, as coaches, we get to know our players better. The middle school kids interact with the high school students in a family environment.”

Webster enters his third year as the head coach of the Patriots after a six-year stint as head coach of the Georgia State program. He also serves as a coach at club volleyball powerhouse A5 Volleyball in Roswell.

“I’m excited about how the group is doing and its energy,” said Webster. “We have a large number of players who are on club teams and that has helped us become more successful.”

The Patriots begin the season on Aug. 10 by hosting the Pisgah Classic.
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