The 2018 season was initially seen by many to be a rebuilding year for the Centennial Knights volleyball team. After losing six graduating seniors and many key players on a team that made a run in the state tournament to the sweet sixteen, there were many questions that needed to be answered and positions to fill. This year with more than half of its varsity members being new to the team, the Knights have proven to be up for the challenge and demonstrated that the future is bright for the program.
Under the direction of Coach Molly Coddington, the volleyball team has seen success despite their inexperience and even injuries to begin the season. Another player who was expected to contribute heavily was senior Olivia Diaz, but she was unfortunately lost before the season to an ACL injury. When asked about her team, Coach Coddington responded with enthusiasm as she said, “While we are young, we are determined, and have seen success already this season and are striving to continue that into postseason play.” One of the Knights most memorable victories this year was their tournament win at Collins Hill in the Gold Bracket. Their victory was powered by sophomore, Isabelle Hall who leads the team in service aces (89) along with freshman, Caylen Alexander, and junior, Livi Weidmann who lead the team in kills (267 and 247).
After the end of their regular season, the Knights will enter the region tournament as the number three seed behind Alpharetta and Pope. If they are able to continue their success and finish in the top four, they will return to the state tournament and look to make another run in the postseason. After a season of defying expectations, there is no reason to think this team of young players will prove to be anything but ready to compete. Be sure to come out and support the Knights volleyball team as they finish another successful season!