Marietta, GA, October 24, 2009 – The Pinecrest Academy
Girls Volleyball team took home the state title on
Saturday, October 23-24, 2009.
Principal Rick Swygman said the match was an “extremely
tense and hard fought” competition. “They really are an
incredible group of girls with an incredible coaching staff,”
extremely hard all season, with very disciplined and intense
practices, never letting up their drive for a state
title, and never losing sight of their mission, their
purpose and how to get there,” said Coach Amy Camacho.
Pre-game preparations included team
members writing a short message that she could look
at throughout the match that would help her play her
best. The mental reminders included words like “joy,” “hope,”
“trust,” and “for Christ.”
“How could we have gone wrong?” said Coach Comacho.
Claiming the region title with
a perfect record of 12-0, the Lady Paladins qualified
for the Sweet Sixteen. In the first round of play
on Friday morning, the team swept Frederica Academy, 25-6,
25-5 and 25-11. Advancing to the Elite Eight, they
defeated Harvester Christian on Friday evening, 25-16, 25-21 and
For the Final
Four match on Saturday morning, the Lady Paladins beat
Augusta Prep School 25-21, 27-25, 25-27 and 25-21. The
final championship game was against Calvary Christian on Saturday
evening, and according to Camacho, “embodied the thrill of
the sport.” She said “both sides ferociously pounded the
ball” at their opponents, but the Lady Paladins prevailed
20-25, 25-18, 28-26 and 25-22.
Paladins finish their season with a match record of 29-1
and a set record of 81-4. Lady Paladins
Bridget Camacho, Alex Caliban, Haley Ojeda, Margaret Cassandra, Kate Stecki,
and Nicole Camacho were named GISA 2009 All-Region Players.
GISA 2009 All-State Players are Bridget Camacho, Alex Caliban,
Haley Ojeda and Nicole Camacho.