It’s too early to call it a season-defining moment but it’s certainly one to put an asterisk by.
Goose Creek High School’s volleyball team put it all together in the third set of a match with visiting Timberland High School on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The Lady Gators pulled away from Timberland for a 25-10 win in the decisive game after splitting the first two 25-23 and 19-25.
“It was their time to prove they could pull through and win a match,” first-year coach Morgan Kilgallen said. “It was the best volleyball game I’ve seen them play. They got their serves over the net. They ran plays. It was their time to synergize, to prove who we are and come though.”
Ashleigh Hamilton and Kyra Broughton led Goose Creek with seven kills each while Miah Johnson and Monet Prather chipped in six kills each. Hamilton, Broughton and Prather are returning lettermen and Hamilton the lone senior.
New setters Karime Amador and Rebecca Jones combined for 20 assists.
Defensive specialist Meria Rhodes and libero Morgan Pinto are also in Goose Creek’s regular rotation. Players providing depth are Kenley Ackerman, Storm Ashworth and Zahra Dock.
Earlier, Goose Creek coasted past Stall, 25-8, 25-9.
Kilgallen said her first squad likes to be coached and corrected and is responding well to new standards and expectations.
“The positive thing is they’re decent at communication and taking constructive criticism,” Kilgallen said. “They’re very coachable people on the court. When we correct them, they’re able to show us what they did wrong.”
Nailah Brown is the junior varsity volleyball coach.
Goose Creek opens the Region 7-AAAAA slate Sept. 17 at Cane Bay and hosts Berkeley Sept. 19 before traveling to perennial power Wando Sept. 24 and James Island Sept. 26.