The Notre Dame Academy volleyball team has a big reputation to upkeep. Last year, the Pandas were Kentucky state runner-ups and have won the championship eight times in their school history, and this year the hopes are high again.
“Winning state has to be our expectation every year, especially at a school like Notre Dame Academy and especially coming off a state runner-up year. It's the finals or bust for us,” said Pandas first-year coach, Buck McCoart.
NDA is off to a good start at 3-1, and are ranked 32nd in the nation, according to maxpreps.com., but McCoart says that despite having a lot of seniors on the team, NDA still has room for growth.
“They're not necessarily young, but young in the fact that there's not much varsity experience there, but we do have some key starters that are back from last year.”
Headlining those key starters is junior Morgan Hentz, recognized nationally as a player-of-the-year candidate and vital to her team as she plays all six rotations. Hentz has been courted by major Division-I colleges and is considering college powerhouse, Stanford, along with other schools to attend after next year.