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Raiders embark on new volleyball season
by E. Marcel Pourtout
August 27, 2014 12:52 PM | 2186 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, East Paulding seniors Christie Eades, Kyndal Rodriguez and Kelly Siani before practice on Aug. 18.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, East Paulding seniors Christie Eades, Kyndal Rodriguez and Kelly Siani before practice on Aug. 18.
After earning seven wins last season, the East Paulding volleyball team has begun its 2014 campaign with solid showings and victories over Woodland, Bartow and New Manchester.

With an experienced roster which includes seven seniors, the Raiders look poised to make a run at a postseason appearance.

“Overall, we’ve been doing surprisingly well to start the season,” third-year head coach Blake Lenane said. “All of the girls are going to help us this year and have a role on the team.”

The front line of the offense has been led by two seniors; middle Christie Eades and outside hitter Kelly Siani.

“Christie started playing volleyball last year and is already an important part to our offense,” Lenane said. “Kelly has been a four-year starter for us on varsity and brings experience to the floor.”

The early optimism has been evident to the players.

“We’ve shown how well we can work together and we’ll get better as the season goes on,” Eades said.

Senior co-captain Kyndal Rodriguez has piloted the offense from the setter position.

“Kyndal has great hands, understands the offense and calms down the girls when they get flustered on the floor.” Lenane said.

Another senior, Theresa Dunn, has solidified the defensive libero position for the Raiders.

“We have an older group and it helps because we’ve played together for so long and grown,” Rodriguez said.

Coming off an improved 2013 season and strong showings this year, East Paulding is seeking its first appearance in the state playoffs since 2007.

“We always seem to get short of being one of the top four teams in our area but we can make it this year,” said Eades, referring to only the top four teams in an area qualifying for the state playoffs.

Lenane added that “our confidence has grown and that will contribute to how well the team plays this year.”

The Raiders return to action on Wednesday against new area foe Chapel Hill in Douglasville.

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