|January 13 - 15
|City of Oaks
|February 17 - 18
|Rock Hill, SC
|March 2 - 4
|Sunshine National Qualifier
|March 8 - 10
|Northeast National Qualifier
|March 23 - 24
|March 29 - 31
|Big South National Qualifier
|April 27 - 28
|Showdown in the Smokies
|May 18 - 19
|SC Grand Prix
|June 25 - 28
Emma Celentano just finished her 4th season as head coach of the University of Mount Olive women’s volleyball team. She engineered an incredible turnaround, inheriting a team that had 8 consecutive losing seasons and immediately turning them into a winning program capped off with back to back 20+ win seasons.
In 2023, Celentano was awarded Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year for leading the Trojans to the top conference record of 14-3 and a regional ranking of 6th. She mentored libero Morgan Prots to a program first Defensive Player of the Year award, Karoline Cox to the First Team, and Ashlyn Stone to the Second Team.
In 2022, Celentano and the Trojans achieved a 23-9 overall record and went 15-2 in conference play. It was the program’s first 20+ win season in 17 years. Amara Eziakonwa was tabbed First Team All Conference for the second time.
2021 was Celentano’s first full season at Mt. Olive following the shortened Covid season and the team maintained the improvements shown in the shortened season finishing 15-14 overall and 9-8 in conference. Celentano guided Amara Eziakonwa to the First Team All Conference as a middle blocker.
Coach Celentano’s first season at the helm moved into the spring of 2021 due to Covid restrictions and the team fired out of the gates to a 7-4 record, 6-3 in conference. An amazing change from a team that went 8-16, 4-12 in conference the season before Celentano took the reins.
Celentano came to UMO after 4 years with NCAA Division I North Carolina Central University as the associate head coach and assistant coach (elevated in 2019).
Celentano also co-founded Carolina Advantage Volleyball in 2022 where she is a Director of Training. She obtained her Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science with a Sport Administration Minor from University of North Carolina and her Masters in Physical Education from North Carolina Central University.
Maureen Celentano, better known as Mo, works for Merz Asethetics as an analyst, but is daydreaming about volleyball for the better part of the day. She started with Edge in 2020 working with the top 14s team for 2 years and is now excited to be at Advantage and looking to increase the amount of time she’s in the gym working on her craft.
Mo completed her bachelor’s degree at NC State University in Animal Science, and prior to transferring to State, played for Wake Tech as an outside hitter before transferring to NC State (yes, she’s bigger than her sister :).
Mo spends most of her free time exploring her new love for golf and taking care of her puppy Nova. If she is not doing either of those activities, she is getting some much-needed rest to bring the energy in the gym to her teams.
During the season Mo’s ultimate goal is to see each girl become a hungry competitor while also having as much fun as possible. She hopes to encourage young girls to be the best student-athletes they can be and hopes her experience through recruiting and playing at a JUCO can help guide Advantage’s athletes.