The Fellowship Christian School eighth-grade volleyball team fought hard but came up short in its regular-season finale.
On Sept. 21 at The Walker School, the Lady Paladins lost in two sets.
“We struggled with serve receive and battled at the net for a couple points,” head coach Ashleigh Tompa said. “The team improved serving throughout the year and had less misses this match. The team cheered for and supported each other even through losses this season.”
The team was winless in 10 matches this season.
Lady Paladins Fight Hard, Fall to Whitefield
The Fellowship Christian School eighth-grade volleyball team battled hard at home against Whitefield Academy on Sept. 19.
The teams split the first two sets, and Whitefield took the third, 15-12.
“We came up just a little short,” head coach Ashleigh Tompa said. “The team continues to improve and show great teamwork working together.”
Lady Paladins Face Mount Paran at Home
The Fellowship Christian School eighth-grade volleyball team faced Mount Paran Christian School at Paladin Gym on Sept. 14. Mount Paran won 2-0.
Ashleigh Tompa, Head Coach, Eighth Grade Volleyball
Years in coaching: Enters 2023-24 season with more than five years in coaching. She began coaching volleyball after her graduation from Kennesaw State University.
Alma Mater: Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Kennesaw State University.
Favorite Bible Verse: Deuteronomy 31:6.
Church Attended: North Point Church.
Career awards, accomplishments, highlights: Ashleigh is a focused and optimistic Physical Therapist who discovered her passion for movement and rehabilitation through her own experience with physical therapy after a shoulder injury in high school. Originally from Florida, she has lived and coached volleyball in Georgia and Alabama. She became enamored with the field while observing how therapists at an outpatient clinic could significantly improve patients' quality of life through movement and modalities after experiencing a rotator cuff injury that stopped her volleyball career. Ashleigh's background underscored the importance of effective communication, motivation, and understanding the brain-to-body connection, all of which contributed to her client-focused approach to care for individuals with dysfunction (adjustable word). Her time as a state champion volleyball player also led her to coach youth athletes at her former club, providing a gratifying opportunity to give back to the community that fostered her passion for competition and a strong work ethic.
Ashleigh started coaching volleyball right after graduating from KSU and was the assistant to Liz Underwood, the former Auburn University volleyball coach. She would coach in Columbus, Ga., for two seasons before moving to Florida. In Florida, she coached at a small new club called MOVA volleyball that was associated with Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla. She moved back to Atlanta in 2020 and began coaching with A5, the No. 1 club in the nation. Ashleigh coached 17-1s and came in third at Nationals in 2021, and 12-1s that won Nationals and placed second at AAU Nationals in 2022. In 2023, she coached 11-1s and helped the team place fifth at AAU Nationals.
Kate Messner, Head Coach, Sixth and Seventh Grade Girls Volleyball
Years in coaching: Entered 2023-24 season with more than one year coaching.
Education: Graduated from high school at Annapolis Christian Academy in Corpus Christi, Texas. Currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a minor in Pre-law as a full-time student at Liberty University.
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:39.
Church Attended: Perimeter Church.
Career awards, accomplishments, highlights: Kate started playing volleyball at a young age, and completed nine years of school volleyball and six years of club volleyball. She moved to Georgia about two years ago and coached with A5 in 2023 as an assistant with the 136 team.