However, with the regular season completed, head coach Sheri Almond and the team focused on the region tournament, which took place late last week. But the Lady Patriots lost to North Paulding 2-0 to end their season.
Almond took over in 2011 after the team garnered a 1-18 record in 2010.
The team struggled in 2012 due to a lack of experienced players and height, she said.
“We were not blessed in the height department which does put a volleyball team at a disadvantage when competing against those who are blessed,” she said.
This season inexperience was an issue because only one senior was on the team. Another problem was players lacking offseason play, Almond said.
“Playing offseason or club volleyball is what gives many teams the advantage over others,” she said.
Outside hitter Alexis Griffith, the sole senior, plans to attend a military academy, preferably the U.S. Naval Academy, after graduation, according to Almond.
Griffith served as one of the team’s leaders and captain.
“She’s a true leader through and through,” Almond said.
Also leading the team was junior outside hitter Eryn Simmons, who led the team in kills, and junior middle blocker Paris Stroud who led the team in blocks.
Almond also noted that Stroud has an “amazing” vertical leap with the ability to jump 27 inches.
Now realistically looking toward next season, Almond made it clear that results can’t change if the girls don’t play in the offseason.
“We will have potentially four seniors so we will be stronger in the experience area, but without more of a commitment to playing in the offseason, the outlook is bleak,” said Almond.
While the records have been less than pleasing each season she has been at Paulding County High, Almond said she has met some great girls through the program.