With the five seniors leading the way, the Lafayette Christian School volleyball team opened its season in impressive fashion on Monday.
Facing Grace Christian in Columbus, the Lady Cougars won in three straight games, 25-14, 25-12 and 25-22.
The Lady Cougars head into a new season filled with optimism, and those good feelings are fueled in large part by having five experienced seniors on the squad.
Each of those players made a major contribution during Monday’s match.
One of those seniors, Rachel Tidwell, has moved to a new position, setter, and head coach Rene Gomez said she was terrific on Monday with eight assists.
“She set for us today, and did a marvelous job,” Gomez said.
The other four seniors are in the same positions they played last season.
That includes team captain Miranda Powell, who Gomez said “had a great all-around game” with five kills, five aces and two digs.
“She really took control of the court, and settled the girls down in that last game when we had some miscues,” Gomez said.
Two other seniors, Mary Mae Cole and Morgan Douglass, had 13 combined kills.
Cole had seven kills, and Douglass chipped in with six.
Senior Mackenzie Alder led the way with seven aces.
Gomez said there are 30 volleyball players at the school between the middle school, and the junior-varsity and varsity programs.
“It’s been a blessing,” Gomez said of the increased numbers. “Hopefully we started something good that will continue to build.”
Lafayette Christian will be in Carrollton today to face Oak Mountain, one of the top teams in the state.
“That’ll kind of show us where we’re at, what we’re made of,” Gomez said. “That’ll be a good test for us.”
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports