Lady Predators hold their own in tourney play
Fox Creek High School’s varsity volleyball team had a strong showing this weekend at the Augusta Prep Tournament.
The Lady Predators (5-2) played the best they ever had in that tournament, according to head coach Clay Bryant. He also stated that every player contributed “to a true team effort.”
“Our players understand what we are trying to do offensively and defensively,” he said. “Our stamina is not where it needs to be yet, and we will continue to improve on defensive positioning and gain some aggression on offense.”
The team also beat Greenbrier and Aquinas earlier in the week, 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-14, 25-21), over Grovetown and 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-20) over Aquinas.
Bryant also pointed to the upperclassmen’s leadership as a major driving factor to the team’s success.
“I’m sure this seems simple, but some of the players that were on last year’s team left some very big shoes to fill,” he said. “One thing that is going right so far is that we are healthy so far this season. In years past, we have had nagging injuries and serious injuries by this time in the season. Not having a lot of extra players, means that we need everyone to stay healthy.”
That includes senior center Morgan Williams and junior middle Kaley Turner.
“We are actually making strides in getting all of our team to understand that they each need to take care of their responsibility and trust their teammates to do the same,” Bryant said. “Our players are deferring less to the more experienced players every time on the court. We have an awesome group of players that want to be coached and that want to work hard. We have a wonderful start to a great season.”
Next up will be a matchup against region foe Ridge Spring-Monetta in a home game that was to have happened on Tuesday night. On Wednesday the team will host Wardlaw Academy. Next week will include three games in three days: at home against Grovetown and Williston-Elko on Monday and Tuesday and at Branchville on Wednesday. All games are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. with Grovetown and Branchville also including JV play.