Milton Eagles Varsity Volleyball heads to State Championship


Top row, from left to right: Ryan Richter (manager), Marc Jones (coach), Karen Jones (coach) Middle row, left to right: Olivia Holcombe, Mallory Reed, Karsyn Hay, Kennedy Campbell, Alex Rogers, Natalie Miller, Abby Turek Bottom row, left to right: Zoe Coelho, Jordyn Delmonte, Ashton Middleton, Devon Bright, Rylyn Monahan, Paulina Miller, Samantha Pell

This Saturday, Oct. 20, Milton’s Varsity Girls Volleyball Team will be hosting the State Championship in Milton High’s own gym. The match is following the team’s success last Thursday, Oct. 11, when they defeated South Forsyth to become Region 5 AAAAAAA champions.


Considering the season so far, Milton Varsity had previously expected to stay at their rank of third in the region. “We had lost to Lambert twice, lost to South Forsyth twice,” says setter and defensive specialist (DS) Rylyn Monahan, “but we were pretty happy with our position; we didn’t know we were gonna make it into State.” At the tournament, however, the team beat South Forsyth in a tense game spanning five sets, securing them a place in the State Championship.


The players are certainly preparing rigorously for the championship, as they have for all games previously in the season. “Practices are always hard,” comments Monahan. “We do what we can.” In the months of August and September, the team conditioned in the morning twice a week while also practicing everyday after school. Although the difficult conditioning sessions have ended, the team still practices daily.


While Milton Volleyball has made it to State in the past, including in 2016, this season’s triumph so far is certainly a contrast to the results of previous seasons, which haven’t been as victorious. About Milton Volleyball’s reputation, Monahan says, “It has its ups and downs.”


Though the team was already skilled as it is, some star players, such as senior and outside hitter Devon Bright, have majorly contributed to the team’s record this particular season. The addition of proficient freshmen and sophomore players has also helped the team’s success, as well as coaches Marc and Karen Jones’s instruction and guidance.


Our Eagles will be facing South Gwinnett High School, who is ranked fourth in their region. About the outcome of the game, Monahan says that she’s “definitely hopeful,” and so are the rest of us. Be sure to come and support the team this Saturday at 5:00 pm in our very own gym.


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