Smith gets 300th win as FLC head coach
Whether he is doing the “Ride the Pony” dance before the match, loudly cheering a high velocity serve or exuberantly jumping out of his coach’s seat to celebrate his team winning a critical rally, one thing is undeniable, Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball head coach Travis Smith likes to have fun. And, why not? It’s served him and the FLC volleyball program well.
With the Lady Falcons’ straight set victory over Foresthill, 25-23, 25-22, 25-12, Tuesday night Smith reached the 300 win milestone as a varsity coach, all of which have come with Forest Lake Christian.
“In 12 years of coaching varsity girls what I have learned is there is no two teams that are the same,” Smith said. “But, the biggest thing I’ve learned is to have fun. At the end of the day I love coaching and I love being a mentor to young people.”
In his 12 seasons as the head coach, Smith has led Forest Lake Christian to seven Central Valley California League titles and had six teams make it into the NorCal volleyball tournament at the end of the season.
“He’s kind of like a dad to the girls,” senior captain Christin Blair said. “He cares about us as individuals and he’s a really good coach too. I’m going to miss him next year.”
After the match concluded Tuesday, the FLC team presented Smith with a “300 wins” banner as the crowd chanted “Mr. Smith, Mr. Smith, Mr. Smith.”
“It’s so cool for him, and cool for us to give him (his 300th win) as a thank you for everything he’s done as a coach,” Blair said.
Blair was impressive on the court for FLC, leading her team with an eye-popping 10 aces and a total of 22 service points.
“I knew I needed to step it up and I wanted to do the best I could for my team and for my coach,” she said.
The Wildfires (4-9, 3-5 CVCL) played The Lady Falcons (14-10, 6-2 CVCL) closely in the first two sets, but FLC turned up the tempo in the final set and cruised to victory.
Leading FLC at the net was Alysse Moore with nine kills, Maddie Switzer added nine kills and Lauren Piner knocked down five. Moore and Lizzy Jordan led the team in digs with 10 each, and Emily O’Neill set the table all night with 15 assists.
The victory keeps FLC in second place in the CVCL, one game ahead of Victory Christian, and two games back of Woodland Christian.
It was also senior night and the Lady Falcons honored seniors Blair, Lyndie Thomasson, Erica Grizoffi, Hailey Adams, Cassidy Green, Piner and Jessica Burnett with flowers before the match.
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