On a humid August evening in Acworth, volleyball fans showed up to cheer on the home-team Allatoona Bucs in their third regular season match. The Cartersville Canes made the 10-mile trip to try their hand at besting the defending state champs, but the night belonged to the Bucs.
“It’s a whole new season,” said head coach Joseph Soley. “We are not talking about defending our state championship. We are working hard at practice to get through our rotations and finding ways to communicate on the court.”
“Our expectations as a team are to not beat ourselves and to get better with each match we play,” Coach Soley said. “We have two freshman getting a lot of playing time and we have a brand new setter this year.”
While it was obvious that both teams had room to improve, the Bucs made the most of their opportunities. With the shortened practice schedule due to COVID restrictions, it was apparent that physical endurance was a factor in the games.
“They got gassed tonight in those three sets,” Coach Soley admitted. “We’re still early though. We’ve got room to improve on our court conditioning.”
Even though the Canes made it challenging on the Bucs at times, Allatoona easily took the match in three sets: 16-25, 17-25, 11-25.
Sophomore Jackie Weller was named Player of the Game. Jackie contributed 4 aces, 5 kills, 4 digs, and an astounding 31 assists to the winning effort.
The undefeated Bucs will seek their fourth win of the season at North Paulding on Tuesday, August 18.