“We had a young team last year with only two seniors, players who were new to volleyball and didn’t have much experience,” stated Todd Kearney, who returns for his fifth season with the Centennial program, fourth as the head coach. “We learned that we need to move faster, communicate better and be more aggressive on the court.”
Leading the charge will be senior middle Paige Elliott. “She’s very strong and athletic,” said Kearney. “Paige is one of our team captains and brings energy to the court.”
The other seniors are defensive specialist/outside hitter Rachel Chau, attacker Caroline Robb, who has been noted by Kearney for having an improved swing this fall, sisters Madison and Morgan Wilsmann, who are defensive specialists and Jessica Mulder, who plays multiple positions on the court.
“We’ve made great improvements each day of training and our skill level has gotten better,” said Kearney. “We may surprise some teams in our region.”
The Knights are in Area 6-AAAAAA, which includes three teams, Johns Creek, South Forsyth and Chattahoochee that made the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last season. “Our region is very strong and we have to catch up with teams with girls that have been playing longer than ours,” stated Kearney.
“The girls in our program are getting more serious about volleyball and being more competitive beyond being just recreational in the past. We now have at least five girls who play for club teams in this area and that has increased our ability.”
The Knights will return to action on Aug. 15 against Atlanta International and North Springs in road contests.