ORLANDO – Getting her players to be gritty and
competitive became a top coaching priority for Keisha Demps when she arrived to take over Academy 18 Diamond.
Months later, the group out of Raleigh, North Carolina,
has listened well. The squad, which has great balance from front to back,
scraps for every ball, serves well, and passes fast to set up scoring
Academy’s style of play has it set up for a gold-medal
run in Sunday’s Sunshine Volleyball Classic at the Orange County Convention
Center. Academy is 6-0 overall, 12-2 in sets, through two rounds of pool play.
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