The Faith Academy Lady Knights volleyball squad suffered setbacks last week, dropping a doubleheader match with KOR Education School as well as a solo match with Giddings but head coach Deborah Boudoin thinks this is just what this team needs early on.
“We are young and tough matches will only help us focus on the details of the game like block coverage and finishing plays offensively with a kill,” Boudoin said.
In the doubleheader last Thursday, Faith Academy’s head coach said the team got an early lead in the sets but couldn’t hold on to the advantage.
“Both JV and varsity Lady Knights played a more experienced KOR team,” Boudoin said. “They brought only eight players and they came to battle. They improved every set they played without getting tired. We played well at times but became rattled and gave up points in bunches.”
Offensively, Chesney Johnston led the way with seven kills, eight assists, three aces and 11 digs over the doubleheader. Not far behind Johnston was her sister Tyler who added six kills, 11 assists and eight digs. Maddie Odom led the dig department with 25, Ella Polston chipped in four kills and 11 digs, Alyza Marcotte collected three kills, five aces and five digs and Reagan Shepherd had a pair of kills, aces and digs each.
Heading into last Friday’s match against Giddings, Boudoin said Faith Academy lost two of its starters which forced some rearranging.
“Maddie, our libero, accepted the challenge to play all the way around,” Boudoin said. “Ella moved to middle without complaint and Addi (Riley) had her first taste of setting at the varsity level. At every match I learn more about these girls and I’m always proud of them.”
The Lady Knights put up a fight, especially in the second set, but ultimately fell by 25-12 and 25-21 set scores.
Chesney Johnston (4 digs, 2 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace, 1 block) and Marcotte (6 digs, two kills, 1 assist, 1 block) both provided key impacts with a shorthanded lineup. Riley added three digs, two assists and a kill and Polston collected 13 digs, three aces and an assist.
Boudoin’s message to the team was to trust the process and continue to put the work in at practice.
“If we stick to the plan, we will develop into the team we strive to become,” the head coach said. “The season and their volleyball careers will develop as they develop confidence. One ball at a time, one play at a time, one point at a time.”
The Lady Knights will have contests over the next three days with a solo match against Paratus at home on Thursday before hosting a tournament both Friday and Saturday mornings. Next week starts with a district match on the road at Cypress Covenant Academy on Tuesday.