Storm volleyball, basketball reflect on season
Davidson County Community College celebrated its sixth year of sports with an athletic banquet held Monday on campus.
Team members from the volleyball and basketball teams gathered with friends and family to reflect on another competitive and successful year of Storm athletics.
The volleyball team successfully made it to their second straight national tournament, finishing in seventh place. They won the Region X championship with a 10-0 record, then ran away with the tournament championship. They qualified for the national championships by winning the District H title. Overall they were 22-8.
“This has been such a blessing for me,” said first-year head coach Gretchan Kepley. “Last year at this time I was just getting a job and I applied for this position on a whim. I do not know how many times I have told my husband, ‘what I have gotten myself into.’ I was so nervous about it, but this season has by far been my favorite season I have ever coached. I could not ask for a better team. They got along and knew when to be serious and when not to.”
The Storm had a good balance of offense and defense. Setter Amber Parrish was named to the All-Region team as was defensive specialist Tressa McGee. Powerful hitter Beth Cloninger received honorable mention in the region. The team was made up of five freshman and five sophomores.
“I hate tonight because it is coming to an end,” said Kepley. I love each and every one of them. This past year is going to be hard to top.”
Compared to previous seasons, the Storm basketball team did not have a great year, but it was still one with much success. In what could be perceived as a down year, the roundballers still went 23-7 and averaged a third-best 91.9 points in the country. They also scored more than 100 points nine times.
“We had a good year,” said head coach Matt Ridge. “It wasn’t as good as what we wanted, but I am very proud of our wins. There were some good wins. We beat a good Pitt team at home and beat Carolina (UNC-JV) on the road, which is one of the few teams in the country to do that. We also beat Sandhills here.”
Davidson had four players average double figures for the year led by All-Region shooting guard Robert Story, who scored 43 points in one game connecting on nine 3-pointers.
Sophomore Torian Showers received special recognition at the banquet with the announcement that he will be signing a full scholarship to play at Fayetteville State University.
Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.