TEAM: Faith Academy of Marble Falls volleyball
HEAD COACH: Mandi Mullen
DISTRICT: 4-2A of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
2012 RESULT: 3-13 overall and 3-7 in district for fourth place; lost in bi-district championship to Rockwall Heritage
RETURNERS: Joanna Piatek, Kristen Cherry
NEWCOMERS: Taylor Denton, Ashton Heide, Hailey Shipley, Sophie McCannon
OUTLOOK: In their first-ever season in 2012, the Lady Flames advanced to the playoffs but lost to Rockwall Heritage. So the team’s goal this year is to win in the playoffs, new head coach Mullen said.
Mullen served as the squad’s assistant coach last year. She taught the players much of the skills, technique, footwork and plays.
The Lady Flames also had a couple of built-in advantages last season. They had some tennis players who understood the value of winning points off serves. Mullen was pleased to see her players remembered much of what they learned a year ago. In addition, some attended camps and took lessons to improve, she said.
“We’re not going backward at all,” Mullen said.
Austin Hill Country is the defending district champion, and Mullen said she believes it will be strong again. Waco Vanguard also should be in the mix, she added. But the Faith coach doesn’t discount her own squad.
“I expect a lot because we have a lot of potential,” she said. “If they set their minds to it. We’re at a point now where we’re learning to win.”