According to the movie, “With Six You Get Eggroll”, so it’s a safe bet the Sneads Lady Pirates will be dining on egg rolls after sweeping yet another playoff run in their bid to bring home the SIXTH STRAIGHT VOLLEYBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. News spread faster than the speed of lightning, following the last point going on the board Friday afternoon in Ft. Myers, making it official that Sneads is the team to beat in 1A volleyball in the state of Florida. It is now a fact that Sneads has been the team to beat for the last six years with Friday’s win giving them claim to what has become a Pirate tradition.
The 2018 season has been nothing short of fantastic from start to finish for the volleyball team, working under new head coach Heather Brinkmeier and assistant and former standout player, Emily Glover. They took the state title in just three sets, 25-17, 25-14 and 25-8 to finish it off. They finished the season with a 24-5 record, a perfect 5-0 in district with a 9-2 home record.
On the year, Lacee Glover led the team with 269 kills with Michaela Edenfield leading with a phenomenal 72 blocks, while Jordyn Riano led all with 928 assists. Abby Perkins led in two categories with 481 digs and 407 receptions.
Following the win, a very excited first-year head coach was beaming ear to ear when she addressed her team, “We are state champs. You have made me laugh. You have made me cry. You have made me happy. You have made me frustrated at times. But mostly, you have made me proud, proud to be your coach, proud to represent you, proud to be part of the volleyball community and proud to be a Pirate. You may not realize right now, but this season you have all grown so much. Each of you has worked hard, and have fought your own private battles to become not just a better volleyball player, but a better young lady. You have also created memories for yourself, for each other and for your families, that I know will leave a lasting lifelong impression. You have surely left one on me. Regardless of the outcome of this season, I was already a winner because I got to be in your lives, even for a short period of time. I knew I was a champion from day one of workouts on June 5th. I love each and everyone one of you. And a huge thank you to the parents, school administration and community for doing everything in their power to give these young ladies the season they deserve. You’re the real MVP and I can’t say thank you enough. Thank you to those who never doubted me. Thank you to Coach Sheila (Roberts) for starting this legacy, I vow to do everything to continue what you started! Now let’s go get 7.”
Congratulations to the Lady Pirates, coaches, families and supporters on an awesome season from the publisher and staff of the Jackson County Times.