After a no-win season last year, “this was the best kind,” said Franklin County volleyball coach, Tara Klink, about Tuesday’s first varsity home game against Rickards High School.

“It was a stress-free win,” she said with a smile that suggested its initial weeks of practice are paying off for this team, led by a power squad of nine seniors.

In a grand total of two games on the record this year, over six total sets, the team has given up only 60 points, 37 of which were against Rickards.

“They have a young, inexperienced team this year which made that game an easy win, but the girls put 100 percent effort into the game,” Klink said of first contest, against Jefferson Somerset Academy.

Scores in that game’s three sets were 25-9, 25-7, and 25-7 in favor of Franklin County.

Senior captain Casey Riley led aces with 10, followed closely by senior Sophia Kirvin with 9 aces.

Senior Tanaya Harris led offense, with 2 kills, while seniors Jazmyne Farmer, Chloe Davis, Beyla Walker and sophomore Tiauna Benjamin had one kill each.

Tuesday’s game against Rickards ended with set scores of 25-17, 9-25 and 25-11.

In the first, Riley started net service and scored four consecutive points and senior Peyton Millender earned eight points in a row on her serves. The teams took a bench break after the scoreboard evened up.

Klink told the girls at that point to tip into the hole in the middle of the court to improve their blocks, and Kirvin chalked up the last two points.

Assistant coach Hayden Warren thought the team could have even beat the Raiders by more but he proudly summed up this year’s starting stats.

“We’ve only had a total of eight missed serves,” he said.

Riley thinks the team is so far playing smart and will have a great time. “We’re learning how to play together more each day,” she said.

“We have a beautiful and talented team,” said parent Darlene Riley.

Rickards coach Jamilla Snell reminded her team they will play against those better than Franklin, and in order to compete, they have to play with an aggressive mindset.

“We need to work on our serve-receive ratio,” she said. “We were not prepared and have a lot more talent that what we played with.

“It was one of those breakers and there were a lot of nerves on the court. We will see Franklin again and by then, we will be a different team,” referring to the next meeting, Sept. 6, at Rickards.

“We are ready to go out big,” Kirvin said of her fellow seniors.

Millender also feels good so far. “A win definitely boosts our ego,” she said.

Rickard did not have enough junior varsity players, so that game was canceled, and the younger girls filled the stands to cheer on the upperclassmen.

“We need to talk more on the floor and maybe this was not our best performance,” Klink said. “But we will work hard on being better. We played better against this team than we have in years.”

New jerseys will be unveiled at the next varsity home game on Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. against Wewahitchka. Junior varsity will play at 6:00 pm.

Seahawk middle schoolers will play Wewahitchka at 5 p.m., also at the Franklin County High School gym.