Charlotte Latin has won the past eight N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A volleyball championships. And despite having a host of new faces, the Hawks have picked up right where they left off, beginning the 2012 season with a 2-0 record.
The Hawks have a strong team again, anchored by senior standouts Emma Price and Eve Davis, and junior Kellie Williams. But this year, Charlotte Latin coach Suzie Pignetti’s roster will be filled by just four seniors and will rely heavily on a collection of talented underclassmen.
“We are young, and we are old,” Pignetti said. “We have four seniors, but three of them – Eve, Emma and Brooke Brown – were starters last year, and Chandler Dalton is a returning player for us.
“That group is nice to have because it takes a lot of the work away from the coaches.”
Last year, Davis led the Hawks with 599 kills while Williams was second with 337. Price was fourth on the team in kills and recorded more than 1,000 assists.
Pignetti knows what she has in those three players, but she said she also is extremely excited about some of her underclassmen who will be starters this season.
Sophomore Carrie Mittl moves up from the JV team, where she was a setter. This year, Mittl will be the starting libero, and Pignetti feels she is up to the challenge.
“She is a soccer player and she has great court vision, so I expect she will fit right in,” Pignetti said.
Two freshmen middle hitters – Dalila Mendygaziyeva and Chanin Scott — will start for the Hawks, and both have looked impressive so far. Mendygaziyeva currently ranks third on the team in kills after two games.
“Both of my freshmen have played really well so far,” Pignetti said.