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Lady Hawks shine on, off volleyball court
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
October 02, 2013 10:12 AM | 990 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Harvester Christian Academy senior Emily Short, junior Alex Tavalez and senior Kendall Powers.
From left, Harvester Christian Academy senior Emily Short, junior Alex Tavalez and senior Kendall Powers.
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Harvester Christian volleyball last week got “competitive revenge” on the only team that beat them all season, according to their coach.

The Lady Hawks are 11-1 last week with their only loss coming to Cornerstone of Norcross on Aug. 27.

On Sept. 24 they turned the tables and defeated Cornerstone the second time around in the regular season.

Head coach Debra Adams is currently in her fourth season with the team and said things are going well this year. She said she is proud of how the players have gelled as a team.

Adams has coached volleyball since 2001, beginning at Hollywood Christian Academy in Hollywood, Fla. She also coached a club team in Florida beginning in 2005. In 2009 Adams moved to Georgia and took the job as head coach at Harvester.

Playing in the Georgia Independent School Association, the Lady Hawks in their first two years under Adams made it to the Final Four of the state tournament and have continued to thrive.

“I’ve seen a lot of success in my years here. It’s exciting to see the younger girls see the success and see that the title is actually attainable,” said Adams.

With 11 players on the varsity squad, one senior and two underclassmen led the team statistically after the Cornerstone victory.

Sophomore right hitter Markie Dean had 26 aces, 77 points, 21 kills and 90 percent serve accuracy.

Freshman setter Emmie Vuatin had 46 aces, 143 points, 119 assists and a 96 percent serve accuracy.

Senior middle blocker Emily Short had 20 aces, 71 points, 23 kills, 42 blocks and a serve accuracy of 95 percent.

While the team has been successful on the court this season, Adams said she is most pleased with the character of each of the young ladies on the roster.

“They really are striving to be the best women they can be. They all have that character that shines through on and off the court. That will last far longer than records,” Adams said.
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