Faith Academy advances to Waco


FA Volleyball: Junior setter Lacy Phillips is one of the few Lady Knights with playoff experience as the team heads to Waco for the state tournament. Courtesy photo.

The Faith Academy Bellville Lady Knights have taken another step toward winning the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) Class 1A State Volleyball Title.

Faith swept Southwest Christian Academy, 25-11, 25-13, 25-10, in the Region Finals Friday night at Briscoe Junior High to advance to the state tournament in Waco.

While it seemed like an easy task against Southwest Christian Friday night, Head Coach Joshua McLain said his team has lots of room for improvement.

“I can’t say we played our best match,” Head Coach Joshua McLain said. “We were sloppy in most areas of the game but we were able to keep enough service pressure and defense on them to pull out the match.”

The Lady Knights will meet Bulverde Bracken Christian at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Waco Midway High School in the second state semi-final match.

The finals match will start at 3 p.m. the following day at Waco Midway High School.

Earlier in the week the Lady Knights put away San Antonio Legacy, 25-18, 25-14, 25-10, in the area round. McLain believes Legacy was a good test for his squad.

“We beat a good Legacy team,” he said. “They had the offensive weapons that could have really caused us havoc but our serving and defense really kept them off balance the entire match. The girls just went out and got the job done.”

The postseason road doesn’t get any easier against Bulverde Bracken Christian School. At this point the coach feels that it is any of the four team’s title to win or lose.

“They [BBC] are consistent on offense and move well on defense which we haven’t seen in a while,” McLain said. “I think it will be a good match to watch. We just have to worry about what we need to do on our side and tune everything else out.”

For eight Lady Knights this will be a first trip to the state tournament. Senior middle blocker Hannah Taake and junior setter Lacy Phillips helped the team make a short-lived trip in 2015.

“We are going to state as a young team, no doubt, but we have really grown over the season,” the coach said. “It’s been fun to watch them improve their skills and develop a team identity. We just have to play the best us we can and see what happens.”


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