Eastpointe High volleyball coach reflects on season

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 14, 2018

 Eastpointe High junior Asha Stevens prepares to serve the ball in a district semifinal match against Warren Woods Tower Oct. 30 at Grosse Pointe North. Stevens finished the season with 45 kills and 62 digs.

Eastpointe High junior Asha Stevens prepares to serve the ball in a district semifinal match against Warren Woods Tower Oct. 30 at Grosse Pointe North. Stevens finished the season with 45 kills and 62 digs.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Coach Giorgio Webster talks to his team during a timeout against Warren Woods Tower. The Shamrocks finished the season with a 2-19 overall record.

Coach Giorgio Webster talks to his team during a timeout against Warren Woods Tower. The Shamrocks finished the season with a 2-19 overall record.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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EASTPOINTE — When Giorgio Webster took over the Eastpointe High volleyball program this year, his focus was on building a strong, stable program. 

The Shamrocks finished the season with a 2-19 overall record after losing to Warren Woods Tower in a Division 1 district semifinal Oct. 30 at Grosse Pointe North. 

But despite the losing record, Webster was pleased with his team’s play throughout the season. He knows his program is heading in the right direction. 

“On paper, it would look like we struggled, since we finished 2-19. But I think we got better as the season went on, and we peaked at the right time,” Webster said. 

Heading into the offseason, Webster would like his team to stay involved. Whether the girls are trying out for different sports or training individually, staying active is key to getting better. 

Eastpointe will lose two seniors, but it will retain a lot of production from this year’s team. Junior Olivia Nepa led the team in service aces (41), assists (30) and digs (88), while junior Randi Martin led in kills with 47. 

Nepa was a captain this year, and both have been with the program since their freshman year. As seniors, Webster expects them to step up and lead on and off the court to ensure their last season is a success. 

“Record isn’t the most important thing in my coaching philosophy. I’m happy with effort and commitment to get better every day. We have a few girls who just refused to quit and never gave up through all the ups and downs. That mentality is what will help us get better,” Webster said. 

With the amount of talent the team has returning for next season, and the younger players he has coming up, Webster is excited about next year and the future of the program. 

Next season, he’d like to see a lot of people at games to cheer on his team. Webster wants to get everyone involved, not just the players in his program. 

“We are definitely excited. I am encouraged by what I saw. I’m glad we have our core group returning next year. It should be a good effort,” the coach said. “I hope the community makes it out to a game next year. It’s a good atmosphere, especially for the little kids and elementary students. They love it.”

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