ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Patrick Henry volleyball team is off to their best start in program history.
Thursday night’s 5 set win over Blacksburg gives PH a 15-1 record as the sky is the limit for the Patriots. The PH volleyball team is led by Maggie Newman. Newman hands have been all over the program over the years as she was a player, assistant coach and now in her 4th year as head coach for the Patriots. She is proud of her team as they progress to their goal of being a state champion.
“It’s these ladies. They are amazing. They work hard. They refuse to quit. They refuse to give up. It has been an absolute dream to work with,” said Newman. For Patrick Henry head volleyball coach Maggie Newman, it has been more than a dream to work with her team. The seeds of this dream season were planted last season into a strong harvest this fall.
“We all get along. If you don’t get along you can’t work as a team. We do a lot of team bonding and we are all like friends and not just teammates,” said PH junior middle hitter Regham Dixon.
“Myself was one of the only upperclassmen as we all had to learn to play together from like a fresh start. With half the team not knowing each other and the other half not knowing each other. So we all came in like a fresh start and we bonded really well. There isn’t anyone on the team where no one doesn’t get along. We all love each other so much and it is going to be hard for me to leave next year with out them,” said PH senior outside hitter and deep setter Marella Hudson.
The sisterhood of the patriots volleyball team has led to success so far. They feel they haven’t played their best as they look to take this start and grow it to a championship season.
“I think we are going to progress a lot this season. We are doing so much better than we did last year. I know everyone is so dedicated and we love this sport and I know we are going to thrive throughout the season,” said PH junior setter Grayce Edwards.
“They are good. I am excited to see how good they are going to be. We face some good teams so far. We got some good teams over the next couple of weeks. I think this will be a good test entering the post season,” said Newman.
PH has already got some hardware this season as they won the Albemarle Tournament featuring top teams in the state. The deepest playoff run for the PH volleyball team came in 1995 when the Patriots lost in the Group AAA finals. Recently, the best Patrick Henry could do is make it to a regional semifinal in Class 5.
They are definitely looking for more this season!