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Hornets continue to thrive under new coach
by Greg Oshust
September 04, 2014 10:23 AM | 3007 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Erin Gray / Roswell’s Morgan Jones sets up for a shot during practice.
Staff / Erin Gray / Roswell’s Morgan Jones sets up for a shot during practice.
Roswell entered the 2014 volleyball season with big aspirations after going 38-14 and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAAA state tournament last year.

The Hornets appear to be building on their success of last season with a 14-4 record as of last Friday.

Leading the way this year is new coach Eddy Moore, who served as an assistant coach for Roswell the last two years.

With a team that has last year’s state quarterfinal experience under its belt. Moore said he is excited about this year’s team.

“We gained a lot of experience last year,” Moore said. “We have a great group of talented returners – three seniors, especially, and two juniors and some returning players that are outstanding. So I’m very fortunate to come into that.”

Senior setter Morgan Jones leads an experienced core of players for Roswell that also includes senior outside hitter Alex Mills, senior right hitter Mathilde Carpet, junior libero Caitlynn Brooks and junior outside hitter Sarah Hall.

“Our freshmen and sophomores contribute,” Moore said. “But our strength is definitely in our seniors and juniors.”

The Hornets are preparing a tough Area 5AAAAAA schedule that includes four-time defending Class AAAAAA champion Walton and three-time state champion Pope, which is moving up from AAAAA this season.

“We have Walton in our area,” Moore said. “We also have Etowah, which is off to a strong start. We’re getting Pope, which is a solid volleyball program. So we have some tough matchups in our area and we’re working hard on improving, so we’ll be ready for them.”

Moore said he is encouraged by the progress that his team has made so far.

“We’re getting better each game,” he said. “I think we’ll be ready for area. Area is what matters the most record-wise. We’re working to improve every game, so we’ll be ready for the challenges our area brings us.”

Roswell will play Creekview and Kell in non-area matches at Creekview Thursday before opening its 5AAAAAA schedule at home against Cherokee and Lassiter Tuesday.

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