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Written by Clayton Alvaro Buhler. Media by Morgan Johnson.
Head coach Tom Ackerman has been coaching volleyball for seventeen years at Greenville College, but this season might be his best yet. What many thought would be a rebuilding year for Greenville volleyball has turned into an undefeated season in conference. With the help of several well playing freshman, strong senior leadership, and the experience of coach Ackerman, the Panther volleyball team is currently 19-4 as the season begins to wind down. After dropping three out of their four first games in the season opening tournament, the Panthers went undefeated in September and have only lost one game since. Coach Ackerman is particularly pleased with the performance of senior Corinne Coon, who he calls, “…the hardest working, most focused player I ever coached.” Upon losing ten players after last season, coach Ackerman needed the returners and newcomers to step up and the volleyball team has certainly responded well to the challenge.
Among the highlights of this tremendous season was coach Ackerman’s 200th win on September 28 at Principia, after twelve years as Greenville’s head volleyball coach. Coach Ackerman contributes his success to the great mentors he has had at Greenville such as Doug Falkner and Rick McPeak, along with much needed help and advice from his wife. The Panthers are hoping to return to the NCAA tournament this post season after making an appearance three years ago. However, the volleyball team has a big game coming up on October 29th at home against Webster. Although the Panthers have already defeated Webster this year, the winner of the rematch will most likely be the team to host the conference tournament. Having home court advantage would be huge for the Panthers as the winner of the conference tournament will go on to compete in the NCAA tournament which starts on November 9. Please support the Panther volleyball team as they look to finish strong and bring their momentum into post season play.