MG spikers out to rebound under new coach

The Mount Gilead volleyball program will be under new leadership this year, as Linda DeMatteis will be the head coach and be assisted by Katie Wells.

DeMatteis, who has five years of coaching experience, will return four letterwinners from last year’s team. Kora James earned honorable mention recognition in league play, while Katie Elson, Jessica Brewer and Makenzie Bump also return.

With the loss of Olivia Brewer (second-team all-MOAC), Cassie Lyon and Becca Kincaid, DeMatteis will be looking for young players to step up. She cited Haley Dean, Makalyn Strahm, Betsy Barker and Maddie Mathwig as varsity newcomers this year.

“Our goal for this season is to turn this program around to a winning and learning atmosphere,” said DeMatteis. “We have gone back to basic fundamentals and team comradery. Our goal is to make each one of these players the best that they can be on the court and off the court.”

When it comes to league play, the coach notes there are two teams in particular that will be tough match-ups.

“Cardington is a team we need to look out for this year,” she said. “Their program has completely changed around these last two years from varsity head coach Mosher. Highland is another team that is in our conference we need to look out for. Highlnad has had years of experience and time to build the teams up.”

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Mount Gilead’s varsity volleyball team for this fall is pictured above. Gilead’s varsity volleyball team for this fall is pictured above. Rob Hamilton | Morrow County Sentinel

By Rob Hamilton

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