“We’ve progressed better this season than I thought,” Lakeside head coach Angela Thompson said. “The expectations were high coming off of a final four season and we’re turning the corner.”
The Vikings lost their first two games of the season but then went on an eight-match winning streak. Lakeside has since had a mix of wins and losses but stayed undefeated in region play and a top-10 ranking in the state polls for Class AAAAA. “The start of the season was rough with a new team because we lost veteran players,” senior setter Caroline Adams said. “Everyone has now stepped up their game and progressed through this year.”
Adams has transitioned well in her first year as a setter. “She has been doing a great job for us as we’ve had some kids playing different positions this season.”
Another major contributor has been senior outside hitter/setter Gloria McGoldrick, who along with Adams has been playing on the varsity team for four years. “Gloria has become our go-to player when we need points,” Thompson said. “Her volleyball IQ is very high.”
The seniors have also used their experiences playing together for the club volleyball program Tsunami to translate success to the Vikings.
“Playing club volleyball makes you become more intense about the sport and builds continuity,” Adams said.
Lakeside, along with programs such as Tucker, Stephenson and Dunwoody, represent the improved state of girls’ volleyball in DeKalb and will provide them with the most competition in the area tournament later this month.
“If we keep working, practicing hard and doing our individual jobs, we have a chance to make a good run in the playoffs,” said senior libero Caitlyn Boyd.