PREP VOLLEYBALL: Forest Lake Christian soars to tourney championship
The Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball team shook off an early loss at the Carmichael Invitational Volleyball Tournament then ran the table to claim the championship Saturday.
“After that first loss, the girls had a wakeup,” said FLC head coach Kyler Malarae. “They wanted to win that tournament. They had that hunger.”
After dropping their first match of the tourney to Lincoln, the Lady Falcons went on to best Jim Elliot Christian and Winters in pool play. They then topped Rio Vista and East Nicolaus to reach the title game where they beat Vacaville Christian in straight sets, 25-18, 25-18.
Leading the way for the Lady Falcons in the championship match was senior outside hitter Aileen Makovey and freshmen middle hitter Faith Menary with six kills each, and senior outside hitter Alysse Moore with five kills.
The Lady Falcons were playing so well by the time they reached the championship game, Malarae said he knew his team was headed for victory.
“There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to take it,” he said.
The victory for FLC was a little pay back for a loss it suffered to Vacaville Christian earlier this season and serves as a testament to how far the Lady Falcons have come defensively.
“What was different this time against Vacaville (Christian) compared to when we lost against them a few weeks ago is our defense,” Malarae said. “My hitters are generally where a lot of my confidence stems from with this specific team. Over the past week or so our libero Britteny Dunn has been absolutely dominating defensively in the back row. I told her ‘if the ball was in the air, then it was her ball until someone else took it from her.’ She has started to really grasp the concept and expectations of a libero and her teammates are starting to feed off it as well. People say a good defense is a good offense. If our defense can start to match or even boost our strength on offense I don’t see how we could be stopped.”
Throughout the tourney, Menary led the team with 36 kills and nine blocks, Makovey had 22 kills and Moore tallied 15. Junior middle hitter Johnna Dreschler was a strong presence at the net with 14 blocks throughout the tourney.
“(Dreschler’s) court awareness when it comes to blocking is very impressive and often plays a huge part in how our team plays,” Malarae said.
The Lady Falcons return to Central Valley California League play, where they are 1-0 this season, Tuesday at Victory Christian.
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