The Lady Seahawks varsity volleyball team continued its winning ways last week, triumphing twice over West Gadsden, once over Rickards and FAMU, and losing to South Walton
The week got underway at West Gadsden Sept. 19, when the varsity swept both games of a double header, each in three straight games. The team won 25-5, 25-15 and 25- 16, and then in the nightcap, won 25-11, 25-9 and 25-12.
“With this team being our easiest competition, we were able to try some different combinations and let the girls try different position,” said coach Tara Klink, who shares coaching duties with Hilary Stanton. “ It was fun to explore different possibilities! Morgan Mock led the team with eight aces in a single game, followed closely by Scout Segree with seven.”
In a district game at South Walton on Sept. 24, both the junior varsity and varsity squads were unable to win a game.
The JV fell 11-25 and 20-25, while the varsity lost 16-25, 12-25 and 19-25. “South Walton has proven to be our toughest competition in our district for both JV and varsity,” said Klink.
At Rickards on Sept. 25, the JV lost a close one, falling 20-25 and then coming back to win 25-21 before losing the rubber game, 13-15.
“This was a hard loss for us in overtime, especially when we were capable of getting the win,” said Klink. “We will definitely work harder to be ready for the next time we meet.”
The varsity emerged victorious in a hard-fought contest, losing 25-27 and then winning 25-21. The Lady Seahawks then fell 17-25 but came back to win 25-16. Franklin County walked away with a slim 18-16 win in the fifth and deciding game.
“We hung tight with this team when we should have had an easier win,” said Klink. “I'm glad we were still able to pull out a win on an off night.”
The young ladies wrapped up a busy week with two wins at home on Sept. 26 against FAMU. The JV won after falling in the opener 15-25 and coming back to post 25-17 and 16-14 victories.
“This was such an exciting game to watch as we won in overtime,” said Klink. “I was very proud of the girls for coming back after such a slow start.”
The varsity girls lost their opening game, 19-25, but came back to win three straight, 25-22, 25-16 and 25-20.
“I was so proud of the girls for not giving up during this match,” said Klink. “The first game was a little rough for us, but they fought through to get the win. It was quite impressive when their whole team was a good foot taller than any of our girls. It was a really fun game to watch!”
The teams travel to Liberty County today, Oct. 3 for a district match, and then are at home Friday against Altha.
On Tuesday, they travel to Port St. Joe for a district match, and then return home Oct. 10 to face Rickards on “Think Pink” night to promote the battle against breast cancer.