“We had a slow start with injuries hurting us early,” Northview head coach Dan Kearney said. “Since we’ve gotten players back like our middle blocker Liesi Engelbrecht, the team has shown improvement.”
The Titans have also engaged in one of the toughest non-area schedules in the entire state, facing several top flight teams multiple times including Blessed Trinity, St. Pius X, Roswell, North Cobb and other squads which are highly ranked in the polls of their respective areas.
“You want to go up against the best competition,” Kearney said. “The players have been stepping up and beginning to gel together.”
The Titans’ roster makeup also has uniqueness within it.
“This is our first year without a senior.” Kearney stated who has been the head coach of Northview for five seasons. “The staff was unsure of what was coming back into this season but we’re a young group with high expectations who knows that this will be our team for this year and next.”
Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Dachs and freshman libero Colbie Chans have been on-the-court leaders for the Titans’ squad. “Kaitlyn has done everything for us as a great player and providing a good serve,” Kearney stated. “Colbie has been doing a great job for us as well.”
Now that the Titans are more than 25 matches into their season, the once-inexperienced players have matured and prepare for the most important stretch of the season.
“We’re focused on our area matches and making the playoffs is the expectation,” Kearney said. “We want to make a mark for ourselves in the postseason.”
Northview will return to action on Oct. 1 in two crucial area matches against Pope and Sprayberry.