The Presentation Academy volleyball team is having its best season in years and Savannah Moss is one of the big reasons why.
The 5-foot-7 senior outside hitter/defensive specialist has helped the Toppers to a 25-4 record – an incredible turnaround from last season’s 8-24 mark – heading into the final week of the regular season. Presentation is currently riding a 16-match winning streak that was highlighted by its first-ever All “A” Classic state championship last month. Moss was named Most Valuable Player of the tourney.
When did you start playing volleyball?
I started playing at St. Nicholas when I was in fourth grade…I played almost every sport while I was in grade school. Then I quit basketball, which was one of my main sports, in sixth grade. In the seventh grade I was on the ‘A’ team for volleyball for the first time ever, and I kind of fell in love with it, and my coach helped push me to start playing club ball, and that’s when I excelled.
What’s this season been like for you?
Coming into this season I knew we were going to be a good team and we’ve kind of brought it all together. We’ve all been playing good, playing as a team. So especially going into All “A” state we knew how big of a deal it was. We probably played the best we’ve played all year (there). We deserved that.
What was it like to win All “A”?
For me it was astonishing. I’m still kind of in shock from it, I don’t know how to react. Especially being the first team at Pres to win All “A” state for volleyball. It’s such an accomplishment for me because I’ve never won any big games, so it was really a big deal.
You were MVP of the tournament, what did that mean to you?
I usually play good under pressure so from the beginning of the day, it was like 8 in the morning, I played awesome, especially the championship game, I was earning a lot of points. Being able to receive that award, for the match I wanted so bad, was awesome.
Have you decided where you are going to college?
I’ve not decided. Hanover (Ind.), Fairmount State (W.V.) University, those are the two that I’m really looking at.
What do you want to study?
Why physical therapy?
I’m fascinated with movements of the body.
You’re on the Prezettes, are you really into singing?
Last year was my first year in Prezettes. I enjoy singing but my first year was kind of like a shocker for me because of how good everyone was. I just enjoy it, I’m really not amazing.
Why did you get into it?
Since I was a baby I always loved music and dancing. I’ve played violin since I was like 6 and I’m constantly singing. I might not be good, but I do it.
So what’s your go-to karaoke song?
I like to do “You And I” by Lady Gaga.
Do you think Presentation gets overshadowed by parochial powers like Assumption, Sacred Heart and Mercy?
Yeah. Being in Louisville with such a great volleyball program, we do get overlooked, especially this year. We’ve kind of hit an upward slope. We’re playing very well this year and I think, especially the bigger teams, are overlooking us.
What’s the goal for the rest of the season?
We want to make it past districts and show up in regionals; make a statement of how good we can be.
SAVANNAH MOSS UP CLOSE
School: Presentation Academy
Student-athlete: Savannah, whose favorite subjects are anatomy and physiology, has a 3.6 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She’s also a member of the Prezettes, a select vocal ensemble. One of two team captains, Savannah is a three-year varsity player for the Toppers.
Family: Savannah, 17, lives with her father, Brian (who is a JV coach at Presentation); her mother, Heather; and two younger siblings – Caroline, 14, who is a freshman at Presentation; and Travis, 11.
Presentation coach Tom Sawyer: Savannah’s a great kid, I love her. She’s one of these coach’s dreams. She brings it everyday in practice. I’ve been looking for her this year, it’s her senior year, of being the team leader and she’s taken that on and those leadership responsibilities. She brings effort, 100 percent every single day and that just kind of trickles down to the rest of the team. That’s what, I think, has made us so successful this year.