She may have one of the youngest teams in East Tennessee but Carmen Hochevar is certainly enjoying the 2018 volleyball season as the coach at Concord Christian School.
And with good reason.
The Lady Lions (18-7 overall, 2-0 in Division II-A East District 1) have recorded six consecutive match wins and are in the midst of a 17-set winning streak.
“I’m having fun and I’m enjoying coaching these kids,” Hochevar said. “The chemistry on this team is tremendous. These kids really love each other and it shows in the way they play.
“There’s no drama. They’re all business and they want to win.”
Having just nine players on the varsity roster, the squad’s two seniors are Sidney Sherrill and Elizabeth Dawson. Juniors are Alie Tucker and Gracie Campbell. The team’s lone sophomore is Mikayla Profeta.
This year’s freshman class includes Karson Brock, Emma Meyer, Annabelle Sulish and Annabelle Sulish.
“We have good freshmen and at any given time, we have four on the floor at the same time,” Hochevar said. “The future is bright for us.”
Winning is certainly something that Concord Christian has done on the volleyball court. The Lady Lions have beaten the likes of West High, Heritage, Whitehouse- Heritage, two-time Class AAA State Tournament qualifier Hardin Valley Academy, Maryville, Alcoa, Sullivan South and South-Doyle. CCS has also beaten league rival The King’s Academy twice and split a pair of matches with Soddy-Daisy.
CCS has played some of the Volunteer State’s top teams, and as a result, “We’re ranked 27th by Max Preps, and that includes schools in all classifications,” Hochevar said. “Farragut is ranked two spots ahead of us and we’ll see them two more times. I like to play the big schools because they will prepare us for what we’ve got coming down the pike.”