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Blessed Trinity volleyball seeks another state championship
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
August 14, 2013 12:22 PM | 1032 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray<br>Blessed Trinity varsity volleyball captain Molly McAlvany.
Staff / Erin Gray
Blessed Trinity varsity volleyball captain Molly McAlvany.
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Sports dynasties are usually defined by teams that have exhibited dominance over its competition in a transcendent manner. The Blessed Trinity volleyball team will attempt to place its program in the legendary lure of Georgia high school sports by securing its second consecutive state title and third in four years this season.

The Titans finished last season with a record of 54-2, dropping only 10 sets in the entire year and none in the playoffs. They finished as a nationally-ranked team and the top one in Georgia. Blessed Trinity defeated region rival St. Pius X to win its third state title in school history, the first one coming in 2006. “It’s always great when you win a championship,” said Blessed Trinity head coach Paul Stevens, who enters his tenth season as the leader of the Titans. “You work for 12 months to get to that point with the girls in conditioning or playing club volleyball. Even having the opportunity to play in that game was a blessing.”

Blessed Trinity returns three seniors to the 2013 squad, including outside hitter Molly McAlvany, who had 414 kills last season, the second-most on the team, and was named to the All-Area team. “Molly packs a lot of punch in her shots and is a valuable player for us,” said Stevens. Defensive specialist Katie Ray, who had a team-high 62 aces last season, returns for her fourth year on the varsity squad along with Sabrina Hansen.

Two other All-Area performers, setter Maggie Rick and libero Amber MacDonald, both juniors, look to set the tone on the offensive and defensive transitions for the Titans. “Maggie may be the best setter I’ve ever coached,” stated Stevens. “She has a knack for understanding the offense and staying calm in the face of adversity.”

MacDonald’s 532 digs last season were a team-high for the Titans. “Amber’s play in the back row is outstanding, she reads the hitters very well and always in the right place,” said Stevens. Junior setter Andrea Soares and sophomore middle hitter Sarah Parker are also expected to be in the playing rotation for Blessed Trinity.

The Titans will receive stiff competition from teams within its own region, including St. Pius X and Buford, both of whom reached the quarterfinals of last year’s playoffs.

Blessed Trinity will return to action on Aug 17 against Johns Creek in an event hosted by the Wesleyan School.
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