October 30, 2020

HCMS volleyball season entering home stretch

Pictured above is the 2020 HCMS Volleyball Team (Front L-R): Allena Bradfield, Katy Gray, and Madi Curbow (Back L-R): Manager Gracyn McKenzie, Colleen Harper, Brooklyn Mangum, Emma Mitchell, Amya Heath, “Tink” Luke, Abby Rowland, Maddy Payne, and Analee Espinoza (Not pictured: Leanna Reed and Manager Dakota Ray)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard County Middle School volleyball team has put together a solid season thus far in 2020 posting a 9-5 record as the season enters the home stretch of games.

The squad has posted some impressive wins over the first few weeks of the season including two wins each over Carrollton, Haralson County, and Temple.

The HCMS team has both won and lost a game versus Central, Bay Springs, and Villa Rica.

The toughest foe for the Lady Braves has been Bremen who defeated HCMS twice but both games went to three sets in a best of three match.

The Lady Braves will close out the regular season with a tri-meet versus Central and Carrollton at Central today and a home tri-meet versus the same two squads this Wednesday.

This Wednesday’s meet will also be 8th grade appreciation night prior to the first serve at 5:00 PM.

The West Georgia Middle School Championships will take place on Saturday, October 3 at Villa Rica. The middle volleyball championships are especially tough as unlike other sports both the large and small schools compete for a single championship trophy.

Head middle coach Beth Gray has been pleased with the progress of the team throughout the season and hopes for a strong finish in the championships.

“We really hope to finish strong versus Central and Carrollton this week so we can gain some momentum and enter the tournament with a winning record,” said Coach Gray after the team’s strong 25-15, 25-15 home win over Temple last week.

The Lady Braves are led by a very talented 8th grader, Allena Bradfield. She is an impressive young player that accrued nine straight service points versus Temple last week.

Allena is the most experienced player on the squad after playing several years in the youth volleyball program at the Heard County Parks and Recreation Department.

Maddy Payne has been the strongest middle player for the Lady Braves this season and Coach Gray says she has improved immensely since last season.

Two of the most solid setters for the squad, Abby Rowland and “Tink” Luke, are just 7th graders who still have another year at HCMS before heading over the HCHS.

Gray cites Emma Mitchell, Colleen Harper, and Katy Gray as her strongest defenders and says Amya Heath is one of her best all-around players on the front row.

Brooklyn Mangum, Leanna Reed, Analee Espinoza, and Madi Curbow have also played some quality minutes for the Lady Braves this year.

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