Thursday, August 29, 2013
For the first time since the program was founded, the Green Wave volleyball team has a new head coach.
Longtime Summerville High School coach Teresa Kendle, one of the few coaches around to lead both a school’s volleyball and girls’ basketball program to more than 500 wins, has taken a position at Hanahan High School.
Rachel Page, who served as Kendle’s assistant for several seasons, has taken over the Green Wave program. Page is a former SHS player who received all-state honors in volleyball and was named the Optimist Club Player of the Year as a senior.
A member of the SHS Athletic Hall of Fame, Page also lettered in basketball and softball. She earned an athletic scholarship from Presbyterian College, where as a freshman she played both volleyball and softball. The next three years she focused solely on volleyball.
Page is now a systems operator at Newington Elementary School who works with the school’s records/attendance office.
“I’m so excited about the opportunity to coach the team,” Page said. “I took the job in the school district in hopes of becoming a coach and I bleed green and gold. It’s a good position to step into because the players were already fundamentally sound when I took over.”
The Wave returns six varsity lettermen this season.
Senior Zuri Green returns to give Summerville a strong presence at the net.
Senior Ashleigh Green returns as a left-handed outside hitter who will start on the right side of the court. Junior Danielle Halajcsik also returns as an experienced hitter and will start on the left side.
Junior Sarah Windham was the team’s starting defensive specialist last season, but this year she will be the team’s primary setter.
Jaden Cook and Brittany Olean also return to the team. Olean has experience as a hitter but will likely play more of a defensive role this season. Cook will be used mostly as an outside hitter.
Rebekah DeToma, who transferred from Pinewood Prep, will take over Windham’s old job as the team’s Libero.
Freshman Mackenzie Schmoltz is expected to see a lot of playing time in the middle this season. Other new members of the team are junior Samantha Mikesell, sophomores Madisen Shirey and Sommer McKenzie and freshman Alexis Williams.
Page says all of the players are very team oriented.
“Everyone knows their role and is focused on doing whatever they can to help the team,” she said. “It can be hard adjusting to a new coach but their attitudes have been wonderful.”
Summerville will face good competition in its region this season, but Page has high expectations for her team.
“We have a lot of power at the net and having a left-handed hitter on the right side should give us an edge,” she said. “My three seniors will all play big roles, but we also have some younger players who are talented. I’m looking for Rebekah to step in and help us out right away. Some of our scrimmages didn’t go that well, but on Tuesday we seemed to turn things around during a scrimmage with Stratford.”
The Wave opens its season Sept. 4 with a match at Hanahan. The team’s home opener is scheduled for Sept. 19 when the Wave will host Ashley Ridge and Goose Creek.
2013 Green Wave Volleyball Schedule
Sept. 4 @ Hanahan w/Stratford
Sept. 7 @ Sumter Invitational
Sept. 12 @ Colleton County
Sept. 17 @ Bluffton w/ Effingham County
Sept. 19 Ashley Ridge/Goose Creek
Sept. 26 Fort Dorchester/Stratford
Oct. 1 @ Ashley Ridge w/ Cane Bay (Pink Out)
Oct. 3 @ Beaufort w/ Bluffton
Oct. 8 Colleton County/Hanahan
Oct. 10 @ West Ashley w/ Cane Bay
Oct. 11-12 @ Wando Invitational
Oct. 17 Beaufort/West Ashley
Oct. 22 @ Fort Dorchester w/ Sumter
Oct. 24 @ James Island
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org