E. Marcel Pourtout
One of the most successful fall programs during this prep season has been Alpharetta volleyball which has won 25 of its 26 matches this season and sport an undefeated mark in Area 7AAAAAA play including a 2-0 win at North Atlanta on Sept. 6. The Raiders have dropped only six total sets this year in their contests.
“We’ve done well getting the ball up and come together as one,” senior Karson Brown said.
“It’s hard every year bringing in different grades to make one team because a freshman is different than a senior,” coach Grace Fossier said. “Things have gelled well, we have good chemistry and a makeup of competitive players. They have things that can’t be taught.”
Top performers have included senior outside Destiny Stewart who leads the team with 299 kills. The Raiders have scored 184 aces led by a team-high 42 from junior Amara Anderson who also has a team-high 622 assists. Freshman Nina Williams has a team-high 53 blocks while Halle Wong’s 354 digs are a team-high as well. Senior Mary Podsiadlo has 130 kills and freshman Emily Hodsdon has stepped in as setter.
“Destiny has been a main contributor for us this season,” Fossier said. “Mary is a heavy hitter and Nina is doing a great job for us. We have great setters, hitters and our defense has gotten stronger with players who have gotten better over the past year. We’re having a fun run this year.”
Alpharetta has a veteran group of six seniors that have helped lead the team on and off the court.
“Each of them is a contributor to the team,” Fossier said. “Whether its on the court or with unity. We have great character on the team.”
Podsiadlo added that “this season has been going better than any other one and we’re having fun.”
“We’ve added some good players to join with some of us who have been together for four or five years since the Junior Raiders’ program,” Wong said.
The Raiders are continuing to round into form as area play continues.
“We’re working on blocking, staying up and not getting down as a team,” senior Dejah Goodman said.
“We’ll work on ball control, unity, communication and the little details that goes with making a team,” Fossier said. “We break it down piece-by-piece everyday with different lineups and drills. There’s still work to do.”
Steward added that “our main goal is to win state and we’re excited because we can do it.”
Alpharetta returns to action on Thursday at home against Lambert in a non-area match.
Sep 13, 2016