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Volleyball is growing at Pinecrest Academy
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Pinecrest Academy hosted a volleyball camp this past week in an effort to share the sport with younger girls and give the Paladins program more exposure. - photo by Photo by John McWilliams Forsyth County News

The sport of volleyball is blossoming at Pinecrest Academy, and Sandy Seiferth couldn’t be happier.

The middle school coach taught volleyball fundamentals on Thursday to over 20 girls ages 10-13 as part of a week-long camp at Pinecrest Academy with help from high school players.

"I’m working with the young girls now to build their skills up," Seiferth said. "My goal with this camp is to get the sport of volleyball [growing] from the lower levels and up, and this is an opportunity also for kids to see Pinecrest Academy and how we operate here.

"…But mainly about teaching the girls the basics of volleyball and then getting them excited about the sport so that we can grow the game in the community and be ready to go. "

Therese Tormey, 12, said she can already tell her volleyball skills have improved since camp started.

"We learned tip drills today and getting the ball over the net," Tormey said. "It’s been a lot of fun learning everything. …I want to play [varsity] volleyball when I get older.

"I can’t come back tomorrow because I have tennis, but I’ve learned a lot."

Pinecrest has continued to build its volleyball program and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since joining the Georgia High School Athletic Association in 2010. The Lady Paladins aren’t new to success, winning the Georgia Independent School Association state title in 2009.

Rising junior and outside hitter/defensive specialist Keely Denkman is confident of what the 2013 season may have in store for the team.

"Last season, we had a lot of injuries and went through a lot of adversities," Denkman said. "We got to the first round of state and did really, really well. I know I’m proud of how the team played throughout the injuries and stuff. We’ve never gone through [anything like it].

"We had a concussion, a sprained back, a bad shoulder, a separated shoulder for a bunch of our key players, so for us to make it to the first round of state was a big deal, and we didn’t even have any seniors. I mean, we were underdogs a lot of the time, so for us to come out like that was really good for us."

Pinecrest varsity head coach Meg Bohn is excited for the new season, but admitted she doesn’t want to lose her four seniors to graduation in 2014.

"It’ll be kind of an emotional season for me," Bohn said. "I’ve been coaching these seniors since sixth grade and watching them develop. …My goal as the coach, and I’m competitive and want to win, is to help form young women in life — being women of character.

"I expect good things from them. We’re not the biggest or strongest, but we’re scrappy and determined and very united. …If we have a great run at state, that’ll depend on the girls. Hopefully we’ll make it to the second or third round."