CONYERS - When speaking of the current state of Salem volleyball, there is good news and there is bad news.
The good news is that no matter what, 2009 should be better than this year, especially since the Lady Seminoles did not win a single match this season, hence the bad news.
Overall, Salem finished 0-28. In fact, the Lady Seminoles have only won 13 matches since 2006.
Needless to say, the future is uncertain regarding the struggling maroon, gold and white, and whether or not first-year head coach Alison Dimsdale returns is questionable.
"Yeah, there's definitely hope," Dimsdale said, who took over the program in mid-September as the fourth coach in four years. "I think that these girls are very, very talented. We needed a transition to a new coach, and I think it was time for it and for everybody involved. So, I think it was a good thing, I really do."
Records aside, Dimsdale remains optimistic about next season, citing that it was hard to pinpoint on one aspect regarding the winless campaign.
"They'll be fine," she said of her squad. "I think they're going to do a great job. The girls who are coming back out really do want to be there, and I think it's going to be a good year. Salem has something to look forward to. The girls and I meshed. I enjoyed going to practice everyday and watching them grow, and hope that I instilled some positive aspects into them."
Salem lost six players this season due to various reasons, mostly injuries. Against Apalachee during the season finale, only six players dressed - Shallon Hobbs, Nozipho Jacobs, Alexandira Underwood, Leandra Prempeh, Erica McLean and Clarissa Morphis.
But Dimsdale remained committed throughout the season despite the end result.
"We're definitely grateful for what she's done this year," Salem athletic director Jim McBrayer acknowledged.
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