Lady Predators have strong showing against higher competition
The Fox Creek High School volleyball took a step up in competition to open to year and came out of it with a .500 record.
The Lady Predators (2-2) played North Augusta and Lakeside in a tri-match at Lakeside. The team fell in both of those contests.
In a second tri-match, though, the team hosted Aquinas and Evans. Fox Creek defeated Evans 25-14, 25-18 and Aquinas 25-14, 25-10 to even its season record.
“We schedule the best teams in our area every year for a reason,” head coach Clay Bryant said. “We want to play at the highest level possible. We need to be competitive against those teams to have a shot at a state title. There is a state title game every year in our classification. My goal is to win that game.”
Bryant went on to say that regardless of classification and size that every team only plays six athletes. He also said that every team has to play on courts with similar dimensions regardless of size.
“Teams rise to the level of their training, but fall to the level of expectations,” Bryant said. “At Fox Creek High School we expect to play volleyball at a very high level, regardless of classification. Playing great teams early exposes weaknesses. We then work to get better in those areas during the regular season so that we can be as successful as possible during the post season.”
Bryant said in the early going that his team has worked hard on its defense.
“We had some weaknesses in this area exposed early on,” he said. “We graduated five starters from last year’s team. We have a player that is adjusting to playing high school level volleyball for the first time, and two more that are in different positions from last year. The good news is that they are very coachable, and they are adjusting quickly.”
Though region play comes up on Sept. 17 – against Ridge Spring-Monetta – Fox Creek will again play Aquinas this week on Thursday. On Friday and Saturday the team will participate in a tournament at Augusta Prep.
“Honestly, we don’t focus on winning region games,” Bryant said. “Our focus is on winning the next point by playing our best volleyball. The philosophy has served us well over the past two undefeated region seasons. The importance of winning region games is seeding for the state play-offs.”