VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Burnet and Faith Academy

Burnet volleyball team gets tough win against Bangs

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE SPORTS

BURNET — The third match was a charm.

After losing two previous five-set matches, the Burnet High School volleyball team defeated Bangs 27-29, 27-25, 25-20, 25-12 on Sept. 3.

Head coach Salye Coles wasn’t shy about how great it was to get a victory against Bangs.

“This win was really sweet for us,” she said. “I knew the kids were right on the edge, so (this) win proved to the kids that their hard consistent work would pay off. It was a great mental boost for us.”

When the players exited the court after the first set, Coles said she told her players all of the positives she saw and complimented their aggressiveness. And she could see their determination.

“We held Bangs at game point for four rotations and just proved they had the willingness to succeed,” she said. “The girls came out of the court change ready to prove something, and they did. We reduced our unforced errors, and that helped build our momentum.”

[box]ON OFFENSE: Kills – Cassidy Connolly 11, Rose Bailey 9, Jill Rosow 9, Colette Boyd 2, Brandi Bond 1, Madison Hall 1, Kasey Taylor 1; assists – Taylor 13, Sami Hogan 11; aces – Rosow 4, Bond 3, Connolly 2, Miranda Weeks 2
ON DEFENSE: Digs – Weeks 17, Connolly 8, Lindley 8, Taylor 5, Hogan 4, Rosow 4, Hall 3, Rose 2, Bond 1.
SUB-VARSITY RESULTS: Burnet junior varsity def. Bangs 25-22, 25-15; Burnet freshmen def. Bangs 25-7, 25-5
QUOTABLE: “I am extremely proud of these young ladies. They are a true joy to work with: coachable, willing and eager. We are growing both mentally and physically every time we step on the floor,” said head coach Salye Coles.
RECORDS: Burnet is 6-11
UP NEXT: Burnet vs. Rockdale at The Doghouse, 1000 The Green Mile, on Sept. 6. Sub-varsity matches at 4:30 p.m., varsity at 5:30 p.m.[/box]

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Lady Flames show growth despite loss

MARBLE FALLS — The Faith Academy volleyball team lost to Veritas Academy 0-3 on Sept. 3.

Still, head coach Mandi Mullen says she can see the growth in her players in many areas. This marks the second year of Faith volleyball, though some athletes are playing for the first time.

First, she noted the Lady Flames are now running an offense complete with good passes to setters, who are matching up hitters to blockers.

Second, Mullen sees that many of players truly want to win, which is something she can’t coach, she said.

“We have a more efficient offense,” she said. “Now we just need more instinct.”

And finally, the Lady Flames have talented players who understand the importance of serving and limiting unforced errors.

“Our servers are so much better (from a technical stand point),” the coach said. “Taylor Denton and Hailey Shipley know how to serve it. They understand the importance of it.”

Faith travels to Gateway College Preparatory School, 2951 Williams Drive in Georgetown, for matches at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 5.

jfierro@thepicayune.com