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Faith Academy advances, sweeps Galveston O'Connell

By Taylor Mitchell
Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

Faith Academy's Courtne Grevey smashes a shot onto O'Connell's side of the court during Tuesday evening's bi-district playoff victory.

Only one word can be said about the Faith Academy volleyball team's performance in their TAPPS Class 2A bi-district playoff game against Galveston O'Connell Tuesday night.

Impressive.

That was the adjective head coach Toni Parkman used after her Lady Cougars dominated O'Connell in three straight games, 25-1, 25-3 and 25-10.

"Usually we have problems playing down to other team's levels," Parkman said. "You can tell today the girls wanted this. They showed the hype, the heart and desire for what they want and how hard they are going to work for it."

The huge victory on their home court puts the Lady Cougars into the area round of the playoffs Saturday against Conroe Covenant Christian at Katy Faith West. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.

"We weren't sure how they'd play tonight," Parkman said. "In fact we had never heard of them. We came ready to play and it feels good. It was kind of nerve racking because we didn't know what to practice on."

Led by a near-perfect performance by Gabbie Torres and Maegan Wilkinson, Faith scored the first 15 points of the match before O'Connell got on the board when the Lady Cougars served a ball into the net.

Wilkinson set the tone of the match for Faith with two kills in the first three points, but it was Torres who kept the Lady Bucs on their heels with powerful cross-court shots.

"She's (Torres) one of our strongest hitters. She's a powerhouse," Parkman said. "She played extremely well."

Torres didn't start the game, but did come off the bench to tally 13 kills. Wilkinson finished second for Faith with 11.

After finishing the first game with seven points, the Lady Cougars scored three quick ones to start the second game. O'Connell would trade points with Faith until the score was at 4-2.

Faith scored another five points before the Lady Bucs added a point to their total and finished the game on a 16-0 run.

Game three wouldn't be as easy of a test for Faith, but the Lady Cougars did jump out to a 6-0 lead to start the final game of the night. O'Connell got on the board on a Faith error, but couldn't keep pace with the Lady Cougars who built a 14-6 lead midway though the game.

The Lady Bucs managed to put four more points on the board Tuesday night, but they wouldn't score enough to keep up with Faith. The Lady Cougars went on to win the third game 25-10.

Brittney Church set up Wilkinson and Torres for most of their kills with 25 assists. Kassidy Korczynski led Faith with four digs and Emily Reinke had three.

The three-game sweep was indeed impressive, but like most coaches, there is always something the Lady Cougars can improve upon.

"I would say consistency," Parkman said. "We have to play like this every time we go out. We can't show up one game and then not show up the next."

The Lady Cougars made three aces and missed just three serves., while hitting the ball into the net once.

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