West Point volleyball team finishes strong

By TOM CUNNINGHAM, tcunningham@tidewaterreview.com


WEST POINT — "Start Unknown… Finish Unforgettable." This year the West Point volleyball team made their motto a reality, finishing the season 14-8 and becoming Tidewater District co-champions.

"Last season we were 5-13 but we took a lot of teams to four or five games, however this year we were able to finish matches with wins. The best part about this team is they all work hard and we are young. Our three players who made the All-District team will be back next year," said head coach Maury Brown.

Taty Gresham, Havy Nguyen and Jenna Davis made the Tidewater All-District team with Taty making the All-Region squad, a feat that makes their coach proud. "Those girls worked hard to make the All-District team but this entire group of players were determined and played with heart the entire season," said Brown.

Every good team has a shining moment that defines their season. For the Lady Pointers it was Oct. 29 when they beat Mathews, the previous district champion, in five games.

"I played in high school and college and I have never seen that much energy for a high school volleyball game. The Pep band was here and the crowd was loud and supportive, it was a great night for our team. I am not sure when the last time someone beat Mathews in a district match but I know it was a long time. Next year our goal is to beat Mathews in both matches and win the district," said Coach Brown.

In two short seasons Coach Brown has transformed the West Point volleyball program into one that should contend with Mathews for the next few seasons, a feat that seemed impossible before she took over the program.

"Since our first practice last year the girls understood that I was serious about volleyball and that we would all work hard to turn this program around. We had a good season this year but there is more to come," said Brown.