After finishing with a 26-24 record, winning the Area 5-6A title, but losing in the first round of the state tournament, Northgate’s volleyball team is hoping to make a deeper run in the playoffs.
The Lady Vikings 2018 season ended with a loss to Evans, but will be expected to again contend for the region title along with Alexander, South Paulding and Douglasville.
“We set our goals earlier this week and one of them of course was to win the region title again,” said Northgate head coach Sheila Walker, who entered her fifth season with the Lady Vikings this fall.
The program entered 2018 having to replace seniors Ansley Berry, Bailey Coggin and Destiny Eady.
Northgate got the season off to a fast start, going 3-1 in its first four games last weekend during play in the Queen of the Court
The Lady Vikings swept Bethlehem Christian (2-0), Tallulah Falls (2-0) and Dacula (2-0), but lost to Lakeview Academy (2-0).
Northgate brings back plenty of depth and experience to the 2018 season.
Seniors middle hitter Kaela Busby, setter Emily Dozier, defensive specialist Payton Gaston and defensive specialist Mary Lauren Golden will be expected to bring leadership to the Lady Vikings for the upcoming season.
“They have been around each other for awhile not so hopefully everything will work out,” Walker said.
Outside hitters Kylie Callocchio and Emily Justice return for their sophomore season after starting last year for the Lady Vikings.
“They started for us last year and bring a lot to the table,” Walker said of the duo. “They will be counted on again heavily this season.”
Junior Kamryn Halpin is set to return as the Lady Vikings libero with McKenzie Ellisworth and Grace Eskew also playing the position.
Junior Timberly Walker is one of the more versatile players on the Lady Vikings roster with the ability to play right-side hitter, middle back or middle hitter.
Junior Alaya Laleh will had depth to the team as a outside hitter and defensive specialist.
In addition to its region schedule, the Lady Vikings also have some key non-area events, including playing in the Big Frog Classic this weekend.
“Winning the county title is always one of our goals going into the season,” Walker said. “Of course, our big goal is always going to state.”