Back in the LFLA Gym, Sidney King, the Lady Hawks varsity volleyball coach, attributes her team’s success this year to the high expectations they set before the season started. “They play with tenacity. We had a very strong preseason, and the players are playing well together,” said Coach King.
Ca’Moreah Lindsey, 11th grade, is an outside hitter on the varsity team and was named player of the week by St. Louis Post Dispatch in early September. Aniyah Poye (11th grade), Cara Manuell (9th grade), and Kyndal Seals (11th grade), credit their winning volleyball season to their team’s growing chemistry on and off the court. They all agreed that it’s about how much work you put in and push each other to get better. Kyndal said: “We have a lot of new players this year, but the chemistry was easy to build. Most of the girls are already athletes that play other sports, so the footwork and endurance is there, we just had to teach them how to hit.”
Aniyah went on to say there is camaraderie that exists with all the girls: “We look forward to practice and games, and we have fun before, during, and after as a team.” Cara, one of the youngest players on the varsity team, said that even though she’s a freshman, the older girls accepted her instantly and really built up that close bond.