Eastpointe celebrates a point during a match earlier this season. At press time, the Shamrocks were 8-10 overall.

Eastpointe celebrates a point during a match earlier this season. At press time, the Shamrocks were 8-10 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Eastpointe volleyball hitting its stride

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 22, 2019

 ABOVE: Eastpointe High’s Sierra Hall spikes the ball during a match earlier this year. Hall is the team leader in blocks this season.

ABOVE: Eastpointe High’s Sierra Hall spikes the ball during a match earlier this year. Hall is the team leader in blocks this season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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The Eastpointe High volleyball team has taken its bumps over the last few years, but this year’s Shamrocks have started to change the fortunes. 

Prior to this year, the Shamrocks had won just five total matches over the last three seasons. However, unlike previous seasons, the 2019 squad has found a rhythm and is starting to compete night in and night out. 

At press time, the Shamrocks were 8-10 overall and had won five of their last six matches.  

“Coming into the season, I had tremendous confidence in this team,” Shamrocks coach Giorgio Webster said. “We started kind of late this season, but I knew that they would be ready. We know the level that we need to play at to win, and I think the team knows that they can compete on any given night.”

The key to the Shamrocks’ success is no big secret, and Webster believes he knows the exact reason his team has started to hit its stride. 

“The key to our success has been limiting our errors,” Webster said. “Things like serving errors, hitting errors and reception errors were really costing our team. We’ve been able to zone in on our mistakes and force our opponents to make mistakes instead, and it’s helped us finish games.”

While limiting errors has been a big key, it’s hard to forget about the veteran experience the Shamrocks have. 

A few key pieces for the Shamrocks have been senior Olivia Nepa, who leads the team in assists and service aces; senior Randi Martin, the team leader in kills; and junior Sierra Hall, who leads the team in blocks.

“We haven’t peaked yet. This is not a very deep team, but we are a flexible team. We have players that can play multiple positions so we can adjust our rotation on any given night,” Webster said. 

With all of the success the Shamrocks have had thus far, there’s been a high level of excitement and fun. 

As the season continues to progress, Webster is hoping to see his team compete in the league while trying to advance as far as possible in the state playoffs. 

“We are having a lot of fun this year,” Webster said. “This group is one of the most competitive group of players that I’ve ever coached. As a unit, they remind me of myself when I was a player –– super competitive. They are still learning, but at this point, the only thing I want them to buy into is limiting our errors. If we can keep the ball in play, we can compete.”

Up next, the Shamrocks will hit the court again at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Clinton Township Clintondale. 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports. 

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