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Region 6-AAAAAAA

Collins Hill

Head Coach: Kimberlee Mankin

2018 record: 10-26

Returning Starters: RS Alexa Odabi, Sr.; DS Alicia Jackson, Sr.; OH Ashanti Williams, Jr.

Other key contributors: S Marisa Folkers, Soph.

Key Newcomers: S Jelisa Alexander, Sr.; OH Jada Clark, Sr.; MH/B Olivia Hairston, Sr.

Outlook: After struggling through a winless season in region play last season, the Eagles look for a fresh start in 2019. And there are plenty of enthusiastic newcomers with diverse skills that should help Mankin’s squad make steady improvement and work their way back into postseason contention.

Discovery

Head Coach: Beth Taylor

2018 record: 13-19

Returning Starters and key contributors: MH/B Alyssa Wray, Sr.; OH Clayanna Hoffman, Jr.; RH Zahne Washington, Sr.; S Jocelyn Gonzalez, Jr.

Key Newcomers: S Ava Williamson, Soph.

Outlook: The Titans continued their steady climb with 13 wins in their fourth varsity season a year ago, and hope to continue the progress this fall. First-year coach Taylor will have four returning starter to build around, including seniors Wray in the middle and Washington on the right side, and appears to have some solid depth at the setter position.

Duluth

Head Coach: Brett Goblisch

2018 record: 22-16, fifth in Area

Returning Starters: None

Other key contributors: MB Dana Romanchuk Sr.; MB Jewel Cobb, Jr.

Key Newcomers: OH Hannah Creedon Soph.; OH Ivelina Teneva Soph.; RS Victoria Davenport, Fr.; S Rachael Lee Jr.

Outlook: The Wildcats barely missed out on a state playoff berth in the always-competitive Region 6-AAAAAAA last year, and are very optimistic about taking the next step this fall. To do so, they will have to overcome the loss of the entire starting lineup, including record-setting All-County selection Carter Drake and have key reserves from last year ike Romanchuk and Cobb, plus a host of younger newcomers, step forward and contribute right out of the gate.

Mill Creek

Head Coach: Bo Adams

2018 record: 29-13, region runner-up, second round of Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: MH//RS Nadia Carter, Jr.; L/DS Taylor Heu, Sr.; MH/B Ainsley Larence, Jr.; L/DS Joha Bernis, Jr.; OS/RS Aiyana Bermudez, Sr.; S Adriana Ackerman, Jr.; OS/RS Sonya Silecky, Sr.; OS/RS Mar’ria Phillips, Sr.

Key Newcomers: DS/S Alanis Bernis, Soph.

Outlook: The return of eight experienced players from last year’s state playoff team, including dynamic seniors in recent North Carolina A&T commit Bermudez and Silecky is a really good starting point for the Hawks. Just as important as the experience they have on the court is the experience they have playing together, which is what has Adams particularly excited about their potential for 2019.

Mountain View

Head Coach: Stan Carpenter

2018 record: 20-22. Fourth in region, first round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: S Reese Childree, Sr.; OH Carson Milburn, Sr.; MB Leslie Hodges, Sr.; DS Paige Nettesheim, Jr.; RS Madison Assouad, Jr.

Other key contributors: MB/OH Maggie McColley, Soph.; MB/OH Savannah Milburn, Soph.; MB/OH Brook Worthington

Key Newcomers: S Ava Youngblood, Jr.; S Morgan Davis, Soph.; DS Eva Murphy, Jr.; DS Koko Torii.

Outlook: With only three seniors and several new players, the Bears will feature a somewhat different look from the outset of 2019. And Carpenter hopes they will look dramatically different still at the end of the season from how they look now. How that comes to fruition will depend on several key areas, including a deep and tough rotation up front, particularly with the blocking ability at the net.

North Gwinnett

Head Coach: Kristina Stinson

2018 record: 39-8, region champions, Gwinnett County Tournament champions, Class AAAAAA State Final Four

Returning Starters: DS/L Lynn Domkam, Sr.; MB/RS Autumn Hamilton, Sr.; OH/RS Ramey Salyer, Sr.

Other key contributors: TBD

Key Newcomers: DL/L Lindsay Kahren, Soph.; RS/S Izzy Durnell — Jr.; MB/RS Macey Sipmann, Jr.; OH Laura Thomas, Jr.; MB/OH Vanessa Richarson, Sr.; MB/OH Jada Screen, Sr.; OH/RS Joya Screen, Fr.; MB/RS Mattie McDougald, Sr.; MB/OH Kayla Seymour, Jr.; S Abby Taylor, Fr.; OH/DS Micah Diffley, Jr.

Outlook: In addition to having three starters back from a state semifinal team from a year ago, Stinson is perhaps even more excited about the depth and versatility the Bulldogs should have for 2019. Most of the 14 players on the team’s initial roster are capable of contributing at multiple positions, which should give opponents a lot of different looks this fall.

Peachtree Ridge

Head Coach: Jaileen Juan

2018 record: 26-14, third in region, first round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: N/A

Key Newcomers: N/A

Region 7-AAAAAAA

Berkmar

Head Coach: Tyra Smith

2018 record: N/A

Returning Starters: S Lorena Jackson, Sr.; OH Madison Chandler, Sr.

Other key contributors: MH Jordin Rogers, Sr.

Key Newcomers: MH Victoria Lawyer, Soph.; MH Jessica Ogbodo, Soph.; OH Ariel Enniss, Jr.

Outlook: The Patriots are hopeful of putting a rough 2018 behind them and getting back to the heights of 2017, when they qualified for the state playoffs. Quick development of several promising young newcomers would be a major step in that direction.

Brookwood

Head Coach: Stacey Bennum

2018 record: 36-16, region runner-up, second round of the state playoffs

Returning Starters: OH Cydney Gardner, Sr. (256 kills, 306 digs, 44 aces); OH Sophia Koop, Sr. (103 aces, 261 kills, 285 digs); S/OPP Abbey Tucker, Sr. (240 kills, 320 digs, 383 assists); L Ellie Rey, Sr. (373 digs); OPP Amber Williams, Jr. (181 kills, 66 aces)

Other key contributors: MH/B Zoie Foston, Sr.; S Alaana Henry Jr.; DS/S Jana Williams, Jr.; MH/B Kendal Bailey, Jr.; MH/B Lauryn Latimore, Jr.; MH/B Abby DeLoach, Soph. (12 aces)

Outlook: Benneum is quite pleased with the position the Broncos find themselves in heading into 2019, with five starters, including Region Player of the Year Koop and Daily Post All-County selections Gardner and Tucker. Such building blocks should give Brookwood a very good chance to contend once again in region, as well as make a deep postseason run.

Central Gwinnett

Head Coach: Mike Yocca

2018 record: fifth in region

Returning Starters: MH/B Carmelita Onuoha, Jr.; L Bibi Suazo, Sr.

Key Newcomers: OH Kandace Lafontant, Sr.

Outlook: With only two starters returning from last year and a first-year coach in Yocca, the Black Knights acknowledge they’ll be in rebuild mode, at least to start the season. However, optimism is high that new players can step forward and contribute and the team can gel quickly.

Meadowcreek

Head Coach: Jessica White

2018 record: 11-18

Returning Starters: OH Manique Jaudon, Sr.

Outlook: With only one returning starting and with a squad filled with sophomores, the young Mustangs will have a lot to learn this season. However, White is certain this group has a lot of room to grow and improve as the season goes along.

Norcross

Head Coach: Jeff Cerneka

2018 record: 32-13; region champions; second round Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: OH Janna Schlageter, Sr., (404 kills; .345 hitting pct., 201 digs); S Bella Murray, Jr. (774 assists, 84 aces); MB Zia Smith, Sr. (63 blocks); L Ava Byfield, Sr. (250 digs); OH Serenity Owens, Jr. (184 kills)

Other key contributors: DS Reesa Schroeder, Soph. (197 digs)

Key Newcomers: OH/RS Claire Catterton, Sr.

Outlook: Despite being a very young and inexperienced team a year ago, the Blue Devils still won the region title and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. So the bar has understandably been set higher with most of the core of that team back for 2019. With returning starters Schlageter and Murray leading the charge, will attack a tough schedule to try to build on last year’s success.

Parkview

Head Coach: Jenell Godfree

2018 record: 11-34, fourth in region, first round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: MH Margaret Schirm, Sr.; S/RH Jordan Godfree, Jr.; L Meg Youngblood, Jr.

Other key contributors: DS Mackenzie Branson, Sr.; S Sarah Ramsey, Jr.

Key Newcomers: OH Abby Schirm, Soph.; OH Mia Mattson, Soph.

Outlook: While Godfree is officially new to the Parkview program as a head coach, she is no stranger to the Panthers, having coach many of them in the middle school program. So that should give her a leg up in building a rapport and team chemistry, as well as consistency as the season progresses.

Region 8-AAAAAAA

Archer

Head Coach: Don Einolf

2018 record: 31-20, region runner-up, first round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: MF Kyla Ffrench, Sr. (67 aces, 301 kills, 102 blocks, 71 digs, 15 assists); S J’ernai Argilagos, Sr. (93 aces, 60 kills, 23 blocks, 667 assists, 236 digs); OH Nyah Barney, Jr. (81 aces, 286 kills, 16 blocks, 14 assists

Key Newcomers: L R’eyahn Shaffer, Sr.; DS Jasmine Cassell, Sr.; RS Jessica Scales, Sr.; RS Elikah James, Sr.; MH/B Madison Holand, Jr.; DS Hadley Schnieders, Soph.; OH Elizabeth Parker, Soph.; OH Erin Walker, Soph.

Outlook: The Tigers were dealt a blow with an offseason injury to All-Region outside hitter Nyah Barney, but still have weapons like Super Six selection Ffrench and fellow senior Argilagos to help take up the slack. Still, Einholf is looking for contributions from a promising crop of newcomers to aid in the Tigers’ battle for a region title.

Grayson

Head Coach: Vanita McGough

2018 record: 22-20, region champions, first round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: OH Elanah Johnson, Sr. (averaged 3.4 kills per game, 2.5 blocks per game)

Other key contributors: OH Jayla Jones, Sr. (averaged 3.2 kills per game)

Key Newcomers: DS, Kayanna Bowden, Fr.; MH Cadence Thomas, Fr.

Outlook: The Rams will feature an interesting mix of youth and experience in just about every position, and go into the season in defense of last year’s region title with a work ethic and skill level that has McGough optimistic of the team’s chances.

Shiloh

Head Coach: Rachel Bien-Aime

2018 record: Third in region, first round of Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: S/RH Jaila Dunning, Jr.; DS/L Cristal Veloz, Sr.; OH Nyela Richardson, Sr.

Outlook: With only three returning starters and a new head coach in Bien-Aime, the Generals’ biggest task may be establishing team chemistry, which should help the on-court part of the equation develop as the season progresses.

South Gwinnett

Head Coach: Taylor Emmons

2018 record: 6-25, fourth in region, first round of the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: MH Alira Allen, Jr.; L Jahmya Pitter, Sr.; S Natalia Dantzler, Sr.; DS/OH Genesis Evans, Sr.; MH Kenedi Rittenberry, Sr.; OH Sydney Richards, Sr.

Other key contributors: DS Tiffany Adams, Sr.

Key Newcomers: RH Jayla Caldwell, Jr.; S/OH Tiana Stroy, Sr.; S/OH Kelly Garcia, Sr.; OH/MH Maya Haywood, Sr.

Outlook: The Comets won enough matches they needed to in region play to get into the state tournament a year ago, and hope for an even better season in 2019 with the return of six starters, plus some older newcomers.

Region 8-AAAAAA

Dacula

Head Coach: Jason Berube

2018 record: 20-27, fourth in region, first round of Class AAAAAA state playoffs

Returning Starters: S Anna Beth Stokes, Soph. (382 assists, 42 blocks, 104 kills, 58 aces); OSH Arissa Shepherd, Soph. (281 Kills, 318 digs, 47 aces)

Other key contributors: OSH Nataly Flamenco, Jr. (115 kills, 126 digs, 23 aces)

Key Newcomers: L Kaya Gusaeff, Jr.; Loryn Liechty, Jr.; Mallory Horton, Jr.

Outlook: With the graduation of seven seniors from last year’s postseason team, the Falcons will have to go young this season. Even their two returning starters, Stokes and Shepherd, are sophomores. However, Berube still expecting them to go big this fall, even with only two seniors on this year’s squad.

Lanier

Head Coach: Ted Deppe

2018 record: 23-20

Returning Starters: MH Lizzie Campbell , Sr.; L/DS Alex Beckman, Sr.; OH Myahn Byrd, Soph.

Other key contributors: L/DS Maia Rowland, Jr.

Key Newcomers: S Hana Ault , Sr.; OH Cameron Davis, Jr.; RH Courtney Howerton, Soph.

Outlook: Despite a winning record last year, the Longhorns missed out on the postseason, something they hope to correct this fall. And first-year coach Deppe has a talented group to work with to reach that goal that impressed him with their work ethic during summer workouts.

Region 8-AAAAA

Buford

Coach: Hadli Daniels

2018 record: 28-11, region champions, Class AAAAA state semifinals

Returning starters: MB Mikayla Hayden, Soph.; RS Kiana Polk, Soph.; OH Parker Venable, Jr.; DS Macy Upshaw, Jr.

Outlook: Normallly, it might be a concern that the most experienced impact players returning from a state Final Four team are all underclassmen, including sophomores Hayden and Polk. But Daniels, who returns as the Wolves’ head coach after taking a year off after taking a year off to serve as an assistant, is quite pleased with the leadership of her veteran players and the potential of some athletic newcomers that should help make the Wolves a serious contender in the region and state once again.

Area 7-AAA

GAC

Head Coach: Rachel VanderPol

2018 record: 26-14, third in area, Class AAA state semifinals

Returning Starters: OH Ali Schreiber, Sr. (281 kills, 144 digs, 20 aces); S Melissa Jones, Sr. (101 aces, 73 kills, 769 assists, 221 digs); DS/OH, Lexy Taylor, Jr. (28 aces, 238 kills, 184 digs);

Other key contributors: OH Autumn Clark, Soph.

Key Newcomers: RH Naya Ohuabunwa, Fr.; MB Janie Stinchcomb, Fr.

Outlook: For most teams, having only three returning starters would be a sign of trouble for a team fresh off a trip to the state Final Four. But when those starters are Schreiber, a Super Six selection and Western Carolina commit, Jones and Taylor, that makes for an impressive core for first-year coach VanderPol to build around.

Area 7-A

Providence Christian

Head Coach: Katie Bailey

2018 record: 34-18, third in region, first round of Class A (Private) state playoffs

Returning Starters: OH Alaina Emminger, Sr. (420 kills); DS/L Alex Gonzalez, Sr.; MB/S Lauren Yost, Sr.; MB Maisy Hufford, Jr.

Other key contributors: OH Ivey Funderburk, Sr.

Key Newcomers: MB Makayla Gillespie, Soph.; DS/L Taylor Lewis, Fr.; OPP Julia White, Sr.; DS Zoey Volk, Jr.; S Parker Smith, Soph.; S Savannah Walker, Soph.

Outlook: After setting six school records last year, one of which was their 34 wins, the Storm are back to work to try for an encore in 2019. If they are to do so, it will be by blending the teams returning starters in seniors Emminger, Gonzalez and Yost and junior Hufford, plus senior Funderburk, with a solid core of younger talent to get the maximum chemistry on and off the court.

Hebron Christian

Head Coach: Taylor Davis

2018 record: 44-9; area champions; Class A (Private) state semifinals

Returning starters: OH Hayden McGee, Sr. (448 kills, 51 aces, 303 digs, 23 blocks); OH Rebeca Olariu, Sr.; S Abbi Luke, Sr. (1,115 assists, 78 aces, 343 digs, 65 kills); MH Katie Marrero, Sr.; MH Carly Heidger, Jr.; RH/L Emma Tennant, Jr.; DS Macy Maynard, Jr.; DS Cherokee Terry, Soph.

Other key contributors: S Angelia Bonner, Jr.; S Morgan Smith, Soph.

Key newcomer: OH/RH Malia Fisher, Jr.

Outlook: With the majority of last year’s Final Four team returning, including Super Six selections McGee and Luke, excitement and expectations are high for the upcoming season. If the work ethic and mindset Davis has seen during offseason training and conditioning continue, there’s every reason to believe the Lions can be a force once again on the county, area and state levels again this season.

Wesleyan

Head Coach: Ted Russell

2018 record: 17-20, area runner-up to Hebron, first round of Class A (Private) state playoffs

Returning Starters: L Meredith Mangum, Sr. (546 digs); S Riley Bryan, Jr. (775 assists); MH Alden Pridgen, Jr. (139 kills); MH Sydney Stirling, Jr. (124 kills); RH Grace Carroll, Jr. (97 kills)

Other key contributors: DS Tatum Connor, Sr.; DS Lindsay Rappe, Sr.; OH Abby Weatherly, Sr.; DS Jessica Strohmeier, Soph.

Key Newcomers: DS Lauren Balch, Soph.; OH Sophia Shaffer, Fr.; OH Morgan Perry, Fr.; MH Parker Tidwell, Fr.; DS Lauren Van Wie, Fr.

Outlook: A good blend might be a good way to generally describe what the Wolves figure to bring to the table this fall. In addition to an experienced senior class, a strong group of four freshmen that Russell is confident can contribute right away make for a good mix in terms of chemistry. In addition, a strong defense, led by veteran libero Mangum, should combined with an improved offense gives Russell a lot of confidence that 2019 should be much better than a year ago.

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