Sneads volleyball team working hard this summer on “number 9”

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 11:02 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The Sneads volleyball program is coming off a record eight state championship titles in a row. The player area already putting in the work, this summer, to make it nine.

“Waking up at 5:30 to get here by 6 a.m., or whatever time it may be, we come here before the sun comes up a lot of times.” says Sneads head coach Heather Edge. “And it shows their dedication and their commitment to their teammates, to themselves, to this sport, and I commend them for that.” The Pirates have welcomed eight new faces to the team this offseason, something senior, Jada Coleman, thinks could work to their advantage as the season approaches.

“I think the summer has definitely been a learning experience for us.” says Coleman. “We’ve all gotten to know each other. There’s a lot of new people that we didn’t know, so just building the bond of building everybody up on the football field has really made us stronger together, and I think it’ll really help us out on the court.”

For their 2020 State Championship run, the Pirates motto was ‘earned not given.’ Since then, they’ve said goodbye to seven seniors, but the confidence is still there, and this year they’re talking ‘strictly business.’ “A lot of people think we are having to rebuild, and I more so think we need to reload.” says coach Edge. “The girls know what holes we need to fill, what shoes we have to fill for this coming year, and they’re working harder than they ever have, but the reward after the fact that come August, our first game or hopefully in November, the reward, it’ll all be worth it.” Getting the work in early in hopes that they can break their own state record with State Title number nine.

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