After a 2009 that witnessed the North Greenville volleyball team experience great success, the 2010 squad is poised for a breakout season.
In the spring of 2009, Greg Mosely was hired to lead the program on their rise to the top. The new head coach inherits a team that returns six of 15 players from a team that won 11 games last season.
“One of our greatest strengths is our senior leadership,” said Mosely. “Lauren Hawkins and Melissa Ragsdale provide quality leadership for this team on and off the court.”
“We have a lot of returners with a great deal of talent,” said Ragsdale.” We have such a great foundation to build a winning tradition upon.”
The motto for this year’s team can be found in Philippians 2:2-3.
“One mind, one spirit, one purpose, one teams,” said Mosely.
“We are becoming physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually tougher as a team,” added Ragsdale.
Along with Ragsdale and Hawkins, other top returners are juniors Kaitlyn Pierce, Kaitlyn Harris and Kayla O’ Kelley as well as sophomore Anjelica Wilcox. O’ Kelly led the team in 2009 with 209 kills, Pierce was fourth on the list with 151 and Wilcox was fifth with 148. Pierce and O’ Kelley will join forces once again to form a dominant defensive frontcourt as the two combined for 182 blocks last season.
Another goal for this team is to have a minimum winning percentage of .501, which the North Greenville volleyball program has not reached in 10 years. Other goals set by coach Mosely are to have his team playing in December when the NCCAA National Tournament begins and to win 20 matches throughout the course of the year.
“Our fans can expect this team to work hard, have great energy, overcome difficult situations, and be in good enough shape to play at their highest level in the fifth set of a five-set match,” said Mosely. “They should be fun to watch.”
The Lady Crusaders open the 2010 schedule in a tournament at Anderson University Sep. 3-4 in Anderson, SC. The first home match of the season will be Sep. 15 against Piedmont College. Othe key games this season include matchups with in-state rivals Southern Wesleyan College and Newberry College as well as matches against Brevard College, Milligan College and Columbia College.