August 3, 2012

2012: Practice Calendar (Updated 8/3/2012)

Here is a slightly updated practice calendar for printing!

As an aside, it looks like the new website will be launched shortly after school begins . . .

2012PracticeSchedule.doc

2012 Varsity/JV Rosters


Please click on the link below to see the rosters for the 2012 Spartan Volleyball Teams!

Congratulations! It is going to be a great year!

12Varsity&JVTeams.docx

November 3, 2011

Congratulations Senior All-Stars

Crysten Curry and Mary Banister will represent Athens Academy as Senior All-Stars in the Senior All-Star Match that will be played Saturday, November 5th at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Atlanta. Athens Academy Head Coach Nikki Chester has also been selected as the coach of the team.

This is an annual event where 40 senior athletes (Class A-5A) are selected and then divided into four teams to play a round-robin tournament to celebrate the conclusion of the volleyball season. At the end of the event, the All-State Teams from each division, A/AA, AAA, 4A and 5A are announced.

Match warm-ups are at 3:00 with introductions at 3:45. First match (and they are mini-matches) start at 4:00 and play will conclude around 7:00, at which time the All-State teams will be announced.

September 2, 2010

Spotlight on Nikki Chester

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1. Name: Nikki Chester

2. Hometown: Huntsville, AL by way of Winston-Salem, NC

3. College: B.S. Microbiology; M.A. Non-Profit Organizations; University of Georgia

4. Years at Athens Academy: 7

5. Family: Husband R.J. of 13 years; Children – John, 9 years old 3rd grader; Nicholas, almost 2

6. Memorable high school athletic moment: Winning 6A Volleyball State Championship as a senior with my younger sister as the starting setter!

7. What was the color and model of your 1st car and what do you remember about it?: 1981 Pontiac Fiero, white, it was the smallest car in the world, but it had headlights that flipped up when you turned them on….it was a totally 80’s car!

8. How do you like to spend your free time?: I love being with my family, so that would be high on the list. I also like playing recreational tennis, and I love getting away to our beach house in Ocean Isle.

9. What is your “Special Spartan Moment”?: "I have several special spartan moments athletically. Winning area championships, the blood, sweat and tears of pre-season, especially before air conditioning the Spartan Center, going 4-0 at the TOP TEN playday at Wesleyan last year, and overall, building solid and capable teams each year are memories I will always hold dear.”

“Academically, the inaugural year of teaching Evolutionary Genetics was really special last year. From watching our students become proficient at high level molecular biology techniques to teaching modules about DNA and pipetting to the 6th and 2nd graders . . . . all the way to having our first annual liquid nitrogen ice cream party, it was a blast. I am so thankful for the opportunity to explore this new opportunity and the freedom to design such a cool class!"

10. What would you consider to be unique about Athens Academy?: "A couple of things immediately come to mind . . . first, freedom to be who we are, freedom to learn in an unencumbered environment where diversity of ideas is exalted, and freedom to explore the things about which we are passionate. This freedom provides the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual safety needed to truly learn.”…..second, service is central to what we do. There are so many opportunities to serve within the school community in addition to outside of school. I love seeing all of the ways that our school community comes together to help out those around us. "

11. What subject(s) do you teach?: Human Biology, Evolutionary Genetics

12. What do you enjoy about your academic discipline?: I like asking questions. I enjoy the art of observation. I love thinking about life, its diversity, what it is and how it works! I love genetics and how it is changing the face of science. I love helping students see how cool science really is and watching them become passionate about science with me!

13. What sport(s) do you coach?: Varsity Volleyball Head Coach

14. Athlete Quote – Carey Stewart - “Coach Nik has the unique talent of being able to teach both the delicate grace and difficult discipline of the balance of passionately loving the game AND excelling as it through hard work. Not only does her conscientious work lead the varsity team and the volleyball program as a whole to success on the court, but she also inspires every person – student, faculty, parent, or fan – to work everyday at becoming a better person. Her kindness, dedication and genuine care for others make the grind of being a top notch volleyball program possible. Without her love for the game, her team and her job, our team would not be capable of our “jobs” as athletes. Her energy and care for all that she does brings intensity and fun to practice everyday – a staple of a thriving and successful program from top to bottom.”

July 22, 2009

Varsity Parents: Help Needed

We are continually in need of help at matches with the following jobs:

1. Line Judging
2. Score Keeping
3. Libero Tracking

Usually, we need 2 people (a line judge and a scorekeeper/libero tracker) for each match.

To line judge, the qualifications are minimal. You must be able to see (somewhat accurately), straighten your arms (to make an "in" call), bend your arms (to make an "out" call), and move out of the way if a volleyball player is running towards you! It is pretty easy! Other than that, you have to be willing to get to a match a few minutes early. The officials train you prior to each match, so they will tell you what to do!

We are required to have at least one line judge for each match!

Score Keeping is a little more involved, but it is not rocket science. I would love to have two or three parents who are willing to learn how to do this. I can train you in about 20-30 minutes. Obviously, the more you understand volleyball, the easier this process will be. But, it is not too difficult. We do have some volunteers who can help us at most matches, and we have been fortunate to have some student help in years past, but there will be times (especially at away tournaments) when we need help. If we don't have a parent who can do it, we will have to use a coach, which is detrimental for our team. So, if you are at all interested or just plain nice and willing to help out, please let me know.

Libero tracking is pretty simple. Anyone can learn how to track when the libero comes/goes from a match in a matter of minutes before the match.

I know it is not always fun to have to work while you watch your children play, but please know that your service is appreciated and necessary for our overall success. As is the case with most things, we cannot be a good team without our team of parents and supporters behind us.

JV Parents: Help Needed

We are continually in need of help at matches with the following jobs:

1. Line Judging
2. Score Keeping
3. Libero Tracking

Usually, we need 2 people (a line judge and a scorekeeper/libero tracker) for each match.

To line judge, the qualifications are minimal. You must be able to see (somewhat accurately), straighten your arms (to make an "in" call), bend your arms (to make an "out" call), and move out of the way if a volleyball player is running towards you! It is pretty easy! Other than that, you have to be willing to get to a match a few minutes early. The officials train you prior to each match, so they will tell you what to do!

We are required to have at least one line judge for each match!

Score Keeping is a little more involved, but it is not rocket science. I would love to have two or three parents who are willing to learn how to do this. I can train you in about 20-30 minutes. Obviously, the more you understand volleyball, the easier this process will be. But, it is not too difficult. We do have some volunteers who can help us at most matches, and we have been fortunate to have some student help in years past, but there will be times (especially at away tournaments) when we need help. If we don't have a parent who can do it, we will have to use a coach, which is detrimental for our team. So, if you are at all interested or just plain nice and willing to help out, please let me know.

Libero tracking is pretty simple. Anyone can learn how to track when the libero comes/goes from a match in a matter of minutes before the match.

I know it is not always fun to have to work while you watch your children play, but please know that your service is appreciated and necessary for our overall success. As is the case with most things, we cannot be a good team without our team of parents and supporters behind us.

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