|January 13 - 15
|City of Oaks
|February 17 - 18
|Rock Hill, NC
|February 23 - 25
|Southeast 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
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.
Morgan Prots graduated high school early to start playing for the University of Mount Olive in January of 2021. Entering her third season, she has racked up an All-Tournament team conference award and the Hustle and Effort award presented by UMO. She hopes to acquire an All-Conference team which she is so deserving of :)!
Outside of volleyball, Morgan is studying Elementary Education and one day wants to be a principal. She is very very passionate about the public school systems in North Carolina and hopes to change the way they are operated one day. When she is not skinning her knees on the court or teaching 3rd graders math, you can find her laying in her bed with a book and her two cats Oscar and Tyler.
Morgan’s goal for her first year of coaching is to help athletes make progress in their abilities, but most importantly to ensure that every athlete finds joy in this sport. Morgan is very excited to teach the sport she loves and learn more about herself and others in the process!
Noelani, Noe, Beard is from the island of Oʻahu in the most beautiful state in the nation, Hawaiʻi (this may be biased ;). She started competing in volleyball when she was a freshman in high school and instantly fell in love with the game. After high school Noe spent her first two years of her undergraduate career at a junior college in southern Oregon in a first year volleyball program where she helped lead the team in back-to-back region championships.
She has now ventured to the second most beautiful state to finish her academic and volleyball career for JP at Shaw University. In the 2021 season, Noe was recognized as a CIAA First-Team All-Conference player, she’s hoping to repeat the feat in 2022 and add CIAA Conference Champion to that resume.
Outside of volleyball she enjoys being outdoors and getting involved in the community. When Noe is home in Hawai’i she enjoys going to the beach and eating the best food in the world.
Noelani’s goal this year at CAV, is to assist Jailynn in teaching the girls how to compete at a high level in the sport we all love. Noe had this to say about being a first-year coach at Advantage, “I am thankful for this opportunity to help the younger generation become better volleyball players, students, and people overall. Go Advantage.”