2017 Volleyball
Record: 17-7 Home: 10-1 Away: 5-5 Neutral: 2-1 AAC: 11-4
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Point volleyball will look to finish better than its preseason AAC Coaches' Poll ranking of tenth this season.
Volleyball - Wed, Aug. 16, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Led by third-year head coach Amanda Jones, the Skyhawks are looking to improve after a 2016 season in which they finished with a 12-18 overall record and were 8-14 in conference, not qualifying for the conference tournament.  After beginning last season 1-5, Point won seven out if its next eight matches to improve its record to 8-6, the best record it would hold all season.  The Skyhawks would go on to finish the remainder of the season 4-12 to increase their win total to 12 matches which tied the 2013 team for the school single-season victory record.


After finishing ninth in conference a season ago, Point is slated to finish tenth in conference according to the Appalachian Athletic Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll.  This season, the league will be divided into divisions with six playing in the North Division and seven in the South Division.


The teams making up the North Division are: Bluefield; Bryan; Milligan; Montreat; Tennessee Wesleyan and Union.  In the South Division, the teams are: Allen; the conference's newest program, Brenau; Columbia; Point; Reinhardt; St. Andrews and Truett McConnell.


The top four teams in each division will advance to the 2017 AAC Tournament, which is set for, Nov. 9-11, at the Meadowview Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, Tenn.


"Our number one goal is to further our relationships with Jesus," commented head volleyball coach Amanda Jones, "and we will do that by being intentional about prayer and the Word.  Our secondary goal is to win the conference.  We are building upon finishing ninth in conference last year, and we will use that momentum to dominate in conference play.  Our team was deliberate about enhancing its culture this spring, and I believe that it will make the difference in the product we show on the court this season."


In order to accomplish coach Jones' expectations on the court this season, the Skyhawks will lean on their two returning seniors, outside-hitter Marsha Dillard (Bakersfield, CA) and defensive specialist Gabriana Nichols (Pecos, TX).   Last season, Dillard averaged 2.28 kills per game, but was only able to play in 50 games during the season after suffering a season-ending injury, and Nichols played in 111 games a season ago and totaled 281 digs, good for third-best on the team.  Point also returns sophomore setter Julia Felix (New Orleans, LA), who averaged a team-leading 7.45 set assists per game, and sophomore right-side setter Charlotte Havrisik (Riverside, CA) who led the Skyhawks with 2.76 kills per game, racking up 293 kills on the season.  In total, Point returns two seniors, one junior, and six sophomores, while adding four freshman, two junior transfers, and one senior transfer.


Point begins its season with a non-conference three-team tournament with Southeastern University and Brewton-Parker College at home on Thursday, Aug. 17, with the first match between Point and Southeastern beginning at 4:00 p.m.  The Skyhawks next host Pensacola Christian College on Friday, Aug. 18 at 4:00 p.m., before traveling to Life University in Marietta, Ga. to participate in the Life University Tournament on Friday, Aug. 25, and Saturday, Aug. 26.


Point volleyball begins its conference schedule with a Thursday, Sept. 7 home match against Columbia College at 6:30 p.m., and plays six consecutive conference matches from Friday, Sept. 15 through Tuesday, Sept. 26, before putting its conference schedule on hold to play a non-conference road match at Talladega College on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:00 p.m. EST.  The Skyhawks return to conference play with a home match against St. Andrews University on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1:00 p.m. and finish out the season schedule with 10 conference games, including the final match at Columbia on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.


2017 AAC Volleyball Preseason Poll

School (1st Place Votes)

Total Points

1. Union (13)


2. Milligan


3. Montreat


4. St. Andrews


5. (tie) Bryan


5. (tie) Reinhardt


5. (tie) Tennessee Wesleyan


8. Bluefield


9. Truett McConnell


10. Point


11. Brenau


12. Columbia


13. Allen