August 18, 2004
Albany - You can count on one hand the number of high school volleyball teams in south Georgia.
However, one school hopes their adding the sport will fuel others in the area to follow their lead.
Sherwood Christian Academy's first ever volleyball team continues to prepare for their first ever season which starts in two weeks.
The Lady Eagles are coached by Lisa O'Connor who has just one player on her 16 player team that has had any previous experience in organized volleyball.
Scheduling is not easy either since there are only two other schools in the GISA outside of Atlanta, Calvary Christian and Southland Christian in Valdosta, that also have teams.
That means the Lady Eagles will be taking several long road trips this fall but that will not dampen their anticipation for their historic first season.
Senior Erica Glass said "When I heard we are going to have a volleyball team I was like oh man it stinks that I am a senior but I am still excited that I get the chance to play for this one year."
Head coach Lisa O'Connor said "What I really hope that happens is that this snowballs and that the next year we have two more teams and two more teams and that Southwest Georgia three years from now, five years from now all the schools in the local area, both public and private will have volleyball for girls.
The Sherwood Christian volleyball team hits the court for their first ever match on August 31st against Calvary Christian.
The team is holding a car wash on August 28th from 8:30am to 12:00pm at Applebee's to raise money to pay for their uniforms.