PHA volleyball vs Colleton Prep

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots volleyball team has entered conference play; lack of senior athletes mean youthful Pats required to “step-up.”

The Patrick Henry Academy volleyball team has taken to the court and is quickly nearing the midway point of their regular season. Head Coach Belinda McCoy holds an optimistic outlook of the remainder her team’s season and the possibility of a successful postseason run.  

So far this season, the Lady Pats have accrued a season record of 3-3-1 in SCISA A Region III volleyball.  

McCoy says she has a young, but talented, group of athletes comprising her patriot squad for the 2017-18 season. Although young, the PHA ladies communicate amongst themselves on the court as a well-seasoned squad.

The ladies’ ability to serve the ball and communicate proficiently made up for their lack of size during an Aug. 29 conference battle with Colleton Preparatory Academy, in which the Pats took all three matches. The match was the team’s second conference matchup of the season, and a much needed win for the Pats.

With a lack of a single senior athlete on the team, young players will be expected to play as a cohesive unit. Luckily for McCoy, four junior athletes on the PHA volleyball team have played together for multiple years, helping foster the cohesive play McCoy is looking for.  

“We are young, but we move and work together well,” McCoy said. “There are only seven of them, so hopefully we will come along and be competitive at the end of the season.”

She did say that her team’s youthfulness has created difficulties this season during matches for the team, however.

“It makes it inconsistent, like tonight,” McCoy said matchup against Colleton Prep. “We had some points that looked great, and then had some slip-ups. It makes it inconstant when you are young like that. So, I keep trying to tell them that we need to step up and be more consistent more often, but we have some talent.”

The head coach will continue to impart her knowledge on the young athletes, who she hopes to mold into a fundamentally consistent squad. It was pinpoint serving which helped facilitate a major win for the ladies over Colleton.

“I spend a great deal of time on serving it, and I do that for a reason. More points are scored just off the serve than I think people realize,” said the coach. “I want us to be a good serving team; I thought we served better a week before last than we did tonight. So we are going to keep working on it.”

The ladies have now entered conference play and the competition will become increasingly challenging, says McCoy, who expects her team to weather the storm and overcome some of the team’s most challenging competitors. The Pats performed highly during preseason tournament matches against some of their future highly competitive adversaries.

The Pats will charge the net next on Sept. 18 as they again challenge their conference rival Colleton Prep during a 6 p.m. match in Estill.