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Patrick Henry CC Volleyball Team Wins First Match in School History

August 24, 2015

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015 6:00 am

Patrick Henry CC volleyball team wins first match in school history By CARA COOPER Bulletin Sports Writer

The Patrick Henry Community College volleyball team began its inaugural season Saturday by getting off to the best start possible: defeating Rockingham Community College at home in three straight sets by scores of 25-9, 25-21, and 26-24.

Patriots head coach Kelly Proffitt said the locker room was buzzing after the win, and the players were really excited to get the first one out of the way.

“The girls are very talented, and we really executed well,” Proffitt said. “We did find a few things we need to work on to improve. We’re trying to not get over confident, because we want to push forward and get better throughout the season, but it felt really good to get the win.”

Proffitt said the team was a little nervous going into the match, because Rockingham has a strong, established program, having won Region championships in the past, but she said her team was really focused from the first set and never let up.

After blowing out Rockingham in the first set, Proffitt made some substitutions in the second, which allowed the Eagles to play a much closer game. The coaching staff went back to their original lineup for the third set, and even though Rockingham kept it close again, even getting to set point that would have extended the game, the Patriots finished them in the end.

Proffitt knew she had recruited a talented bunch of players for her first team, and knew what they are capable of doing on the court. Still, she said, she is a little surprised with just how well they’ve come together so quickly.

“I’ve seen teams with great individual players but they couldn’t put it together as team, but this group has great individuals and they’re a great group too,” Proffitt said. “They came together, they meshed together really easily.”

Patrick Henry athletic direction Brian Henderson said the team’s early success is something he expected.

“With her (Proffitt’s) local ties we really thought she could lead this program to the future. She’s competitive. She shows that in practice. She gets out there with them and plays,” Henderson said. “I’ve seen them working extremely hard under the leadership of coach Proffitt. I definitely can say I’m not surprised we won. It was definitely a great way to start off the program.”

The Patriots were able to pick up the win while only having nine healthy players. Proffitt said her team’s health is something of a concern moving forward, and she’s had to reconfigure her practices to make sure no one else goes down with an injury.

“We need all to stay healthy, so we’re having to be really strategic when we plan for practice not to overwork them but still work so they improve every day,” Proffitt said.

The most important thing moving forward is to keep the team’s momentum going by continuing to foster team spirit and grow as a group, Proffitt said, rather than focusing on individuals. As long as they can play together and cut down on injuries, Proffitt sees more wins in the future.

The Patriots will play an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ferrum.

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