The Grind: Molly Bergin, South Forsyth High School Volleyball
Molly Bergin has it together most of the time. The South Forsyth senior outside hitter is committed to play college volleyball at Berry, which was a decision that required next to no deliberation.
“I knew I was going to play in college,” she said. “There was no doubt in my mind.”
When Bergin isn’t playing volleyball, she coaches it; she has plenty of non-athletic pursuits, like making sculptures, jewelry and ceramics and getting involved with church activities; and she’s set on doing pre-med or following a similar path at Berry.
But then there’s the matter of her jersey.
Bergin isn’t an overly forgetful person – “I kind of overprepare too much,” she said – but she’s forgotten to bring her jersey to games multiple times. Teammate Sydney Forrest estimated that it’s happened four times: There was the time before a tournament at The Lovett School in Atlanta that Bergin realized her mistake on the way over and had to go all the way back to Forsyth County to get it; there was the time at Kennesaw Mountain where Bergin didn’t have the option of going back, so she had to wear someone else’s dirty shirt.
“It’s honestly so funny,” Forrest said.
That disorganization hasn’t extended to Bergin’s game, thankfully. As of Tuesday, heading into the Area 5-7A tournament, she was first in the area in kills per set, with 4.0, and had 325 overall, which easily eclipsed the total she accrued last season, when she played just one fewer set. She’s also raised her hitting percentage from .254 to .177.
Bergin plays year-round at A5, one of the best club programs in the area, and she said the heightened competition and coaching level there has paid dividends. She also plays on the same team as Nyah Pacely, South’s top setter, which has improved the all-important bond and understanding between those positions.
The most important improvement since last season for the War Eagles, though, might come down to Bergin’s skills as a leader. She looks to positive, encouraging coaches for inspiration, and she’s tried to create a similar environment alongside Forrest and Taylor Caldwell, the team’s other two seniors. The proof is in the results: The War Eagles made it through the regular season with a 23-10 schedule, a large improvement over the 13-22 mark they had at this point last year, and entered the area tournament as the No. 1 seed, having made it through the area schedule without dropping a set.
“This year, we’ve tried to really understand each other’s different personalities and work together, and we’ve done a lot of team bonding outside of the gym,” Bergin said. “So when we’re in the gym, we know how to deal with each other better.”