Sep 17, 2014 7:57 PM by Ross Field
After a down year in 2013, the Hamilton Braves volleyball team has stormed out the gates this season with a ton of success.
Ross Field set out to discover what's been the secret behind the program's revival.
When Hamilton High finished last season with a 10-25 record, it wasn't something easily forgotten.
"Last year was a tough year," said Erin Jonhson, head volleyball coach for the Braves.
Hamilton had won five consecutive section championships prior to 2013, but lost a lot of talent and then suffered through the growing pains that comes with it.
"For Hamilton for many years to be so successful, it was rough," said Johnson.
"We didn't really work together that well, we didn't talk, we weren't good as a team together," said Nicole Gordon, outside hitter for the Braves.
This past off-season, that's something they set out to change.
"We got super close over the summer, we had sleepovers, and we worked out all summer, and we just became better friends," said Justine McCorkle, middle hitter for the Braves.
The chemistry and hard work have translated to impressive results. Hamilton is 8-0 and fresh off a five-set victory over Orland in front a packed house at home.
"It was pretty fun having the crowd here, watching how many people there were," said Raegan Avrit, opposite hitter for the Braves.
"Going five sets and knowing that our team never gave up was awesome, it was good to see that they fought back every single set and that was a huge win for us," added Johnson.
While the team could not have scripted the first few weeks of their 2014 season any better, they know there's still a long way to go.
"The competition is going to get tough but hopefully we can continue to keep playing the way that we've been playing," concluded Johnson.
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