Eastpointe High volleyball ready to compete in 2019

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 10, 2019

 Eastpointe High’s Sierra Hall goes to spike the ball against Harper Woods High Sept. 5. The Shamrocks will compete in the MAC Bronze this season.

Eastpointe High’s Sierra Hall goes to spike the ball against Harper Woods High Sept. 5. The Shamrocks will compete in the MAC Bronze this season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Eastpointe High’s Olivia Nepa prepares to serve the ball against Harper Woods High Sept. 5. Nepa led the team in assists last season.

Eastpointe High’s Olivia Nepa prepares to serve the ball against Harper Woods High Sept. 5. Nepa led the team in assists last season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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EASTPOINTE –– During a 2018 campaign that saw the Eastpointe High volleyball team collect two wins, patience was a big key for coach Giorgio Webster. 

Now entering his second year leading the Shamrocks, Webster is ready to see some growth and push toward competing more this year. 

After competing in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division last season, Eastpointe will enter the Bronze Division this year — a division Webster believes his team can compete in for a league title. 

“It’s go time — all hands on deck,” Webster said. “It’s a sense of urgency — understand the moment, understand the opportunity we’re given and capitalize on now. Patience was essentially last year. Now, it’s putting a plan in action.”

In any sport, experience plays a key role, and the Shamrocks aren’t lacking in that department. Eastpointe returns a handful of players from last season, including blocks leader Sierra Hall, assists leader Olivia Nepa, and Randi Martin, who led the team in kills a year ago. 

Martin has seen a new energy with the team this year, and she likes how the team has come together early in the season. 

“Girls started to work harder to realize that we needed to get better in order to get where we want to go,” Martin said. “They grew stronger in practices and are growing as a team.” 

With Webster heading into his second year, the Shamrocks were able to benefit from an offseason program. 

Just getting an opportunity to come in and play, condition and get to know each other has helped everyone get better, and that has the Shamrocks optimistic for the season. 

“I really expect us to do pretty well,” Nepa said. “Last year was more like training to get to know each other. This year, I feel the energy and the vibe more, so I really feel like we’ll do well.” 

At press time, Eastpointe was 0-1 overall, but hadn’t played a divisional match. 

Webster likes the idea of hanging a banner up at the school for volleyball — something the entire team can look back on and remember down the road. 

“I would love to have a banner on this wall. If we’re able to do that, it would be literally a dream come true. It would be amazing,” Webster said.

The Shamrocks will take the court again at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Warren Lincoln. 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. 

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