Since being conference champions last year, expectations are set high for everyone involved with the Montreat College Volleyball Program. With 38 matches on the schedule, hard work and persistence will be key. "Coming off of a championship season that ended before we felt it should have will be an excellent motivator," Assistant Coach Mattera said.
"There is a lot of excitement and anticipation heading into the fall season. We know we are going to have to play hard and smart to compete against our opponents this year, but we have the talent to do so. We are bringing back a strong group of returning starters including senior AAC 1st Team All-Conference setter Natalie Nieman, senior AAC 1st Team All-Conference and NAIA AVCA All Region Northeast Honorable Mention outside Ellen Goodman, junior AAC 2nd Team All-Conference outside Alyssa Kaufman and AAC All-Freshmen Team and AAC All Tournament Team utility player, Hannah Scholz along with three other returning letter-winners, junior Hannah Bostic, sophomore Hannah Travis, and sophomore Bethany Hirz along with sophomore transfer Jacqui Specogna. We also have three very solid freshmen that I expect to make significant contributions on the court as well, Sydney Koon, Lauren Owen, and Kathryn Rogers," added Coach Mooberry. The schedule is not without a bit of fun, Coach Mooberry has planned tournaments in Georgetown, KY and Savannah, GA. Weekend trips such as these give the entire team the chance to see the sights, build relationships, and of course, play a wide variety of opponents. Coach Mooberry and Mattera agree that the schedule provides a great mix, fun locations and tough opponents. Coach Mattera said, "I love the fact that D1 Gardner Webb accepted a match with us. And, the trip to national powerhouse Georgetown will really show us where we're at as a program."
Georgetown finished 12-1 in the Mid-South Conference last season [25-12 overall], and SCAD finished 9-3 in the Sun Conference [17-17 overall].
Also, Columbia College (SC) joins the Appalachian Athletic Conference this season, after finishing last season 4-6 in the Southern States Athletic Conference [15-14 overall].
"Last year was a breakout year for our program. Now it's time to take the next steps in building a tradition of excellence," said new assistant coach Scott Mattera. Coach Mooberry agreed, "We had great success last year and with the players we have this year, a solid team dynamic, and the help of an experienced and talented coach like Scott, I feel like we have even more opportunity to be successful this year."