Volleyball Wins Districts: First Time in 13 Years
By Rebecca Stamp, Staff Writer
“Respect All and Fear None.” This year’s girls varsity volleyball team lived by their slogan as they triumphed at districts for the first time since 2005. They ended their season 19-5 with a defeat in the fifth set at regionals against Tuscarora High School, but the team won’t let this disappointing loss negate the success found through grueling practices and impressive teamwork.
Falls Church hasn’t won its district in 13 years, since the current varsity coach and FCHS graduate, Ms. Belinda Kim, was on the court. Teamwork plays an important role in volleyball, an aspect that the team has locked down. This year’s players exemplify this skill, having formed strong bonds from previous seasons playing together and close friendships outside of the sport. On teamwork, Coach Kim says of the players: “They work hard, they get along well with each other, and they play for each other, which is the best thing.”
District Player of the Year and varsity co-captain Shannon Bailey (12), who plays middle, is a key component to the team. In volleyball, the middle hits from the center of the court and blocks the other team’s volleys. Shannon plans to continue her volleyball career at Stevenson University and would love to either play or coach professionally. Listing her accomplishments of 1,000 career kills and first team all-conference and region, she still makes clear the key role of friendship between the girls, making sure to credit others for the team’s success: “I never could have done half of these things without my team or our setter, Madelyn [Vasquez.]”
Seven of this season’s varsity players are graduating in June. Although this is more than half the team, players are still hopeful to come back stronger than ever next season. “As long as we play OUR game next year, I’m sure we will kick butt!” says co-captain Morgan Nguyen (10). As for her plans for the future, Coach Kim smiled: “One game at a time.”