Eastpointe High volleyball working to build a stable program

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 26, 2018

 Eastpointe High junior Randi Martin goes up to spike the ball in a game against Warren Mott earlier this season. Martin had two kills and one block in the match.

Eastpointe High junior Randi Martin goes up to spike the ball in a game against Warren Mott earlier this season. Martin had two kills and one block in the match.

Photo by Donna Agusti

 Eastpointe High sophomore Isabelle Kue sets the ball in a match against Warren Mott. The Shamrocks lost in straight sets.

Eastpointe High sophomore Isabelle Kue sets the ball in a match against Warren Mott. The Shamrocks lost in straight sets.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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EASTPOINTE — For Eastpointe volleyball coach Giorgio Webster, the main goal for the program is to get better every day.

He wants to develop a stable, competitive program where the kids have fun and want to play the game. He’s not just focused on the varsity program. Webster would like to see elementary kids all the way up to high school kids getting involved with the program. 

At press time, the Shamrocks were 1-4 overall, but wins and losses aren’t the only important aspect of the game. The first-year coach wants to make sure his players are learning the fundamentals and playing the game the right way. 

“This school is a very old school. It’s got a lot of history. A lot of people way before me have led this program, and it’s a responsibility that all of us have — me, as a coach, and those guys, as players, to make sure we do this thing the right way,” Webster said. 

The Shamrocks are a young group, but a couple of players have stepped up as leaders. One of those leaders is junior setter Olivia Nepa. Webster noted that she has been a coach on the court. 

Nepa has been playing volleyball for about 10 years and that experience has helped her become a leader. She likes helping her teammates improve and wants to make sure the team is having fun on the court. 

“I really want this team to win, of course, but I want us to all be a family. If we have a loss, it’s OK. We all pick each other back up. That’s what I really love about this team. My goal is to just have fun,” Nepa said. 

The team has experienced some growing pains along the way, but the players are all friends off the court, which has helped them get better on the court.

It has helped them communicate and has allowed them to have each other’s back when things aren’t going the way they expected. 

“That helps us a lot. With us being friends and seeing each other off of the court, it helps us be more together as a team,” junior middle back Gabrielle Long said. “When we’re on the court as well, it helps us know who’s going to get what, how we play. We’re comfortable with each other, so we won’t be like, ‘I’m not sure how this person plays.’ That’s because we know them outside of the court.”

Webster is excited about the progress his team has made since the summer. He knows that his program is in a good position heading into the next couple of months and the coming seasons. 

However, with such a young team, Webster’s main message for the season is staying together and making sure they are being responsible. 

“Let’s just stick together, commit to getting better every day, have fun, and be responsible and accountable on and off the court,” Webster said. 

The Shamrocks’ next match will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at Clawson High.

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