Flyers graduate takes over at Faith (video)

Lady Flyers hope to capitalize on last season's trip to the state final championship
  • LADY COUGARS AT A GLANCE

  • • HEAD COACH: Summer Brooks (1st season)

    • 2012 RECORD: 19-11

    • NEXT GAMES: Tuesday vs. Waelder, Aug. 19 vs. Victoria Home School, Aug. 20 at Palacios

A new chapter for the Faith Academy volleyball team began this week - but with a twist.

Summer Brooks takes over the helm for the Lady Cougars, who were knocked out in the area round of the TAPPS Class 2A playoffs last season. The Lady Cougars expect to advance further than they did before, even with a new coach.

"I think we have a lot of potential to go far," Brooks said. "I want us to step up and use what we learned in practice. I hope that takes us deep into the playoffs."

The former St. Joseph student and player expects to keep the team's standards high when it comes to their performances on and off the court.

Jason Driver, the school's athletic director and volleyball assistant coach, felt Brooks has the potential to do well as a first-year high school head coach.

"She's also a coach that has materialized from a player," Driver said. "We have expectations of producing a winning program. We've hit a roadblock at the area playoffs, and we plan on getting past that this year. I really feel like Summer (Brooks) is the coach to lead us to that."

Kassidy Korczynski wants to leave the Lady Cougars on a good note. As a senior on the team, she knows this year will be her last chance to go far.

"After all, we don't have anymore, so we should give this 100 percent and go all out," she said. "This season, I think we're going to improve a lot."

Though last season's defeat came at the hands of Conroe Covanent Christian, senior Gabbie Torres believes the Lady Cougars could have done more as a team.

"Last year, we didn't cover much or talk," Torres said about last season. "We lost a lot of points that way. This year, if we correct that, we can get a win."

Size may play a factor on how the team does as the Lady Cougars are shorter this season, which is why Torres believes communication will be key.

"We have a lot of new players," Torres said. "Coming together is going to help us a lot."

Brooks isn't worried about what happened last year. Her focus has been on this season, which she said starts with practice.

"I think if you bring your best and work your hardest in practice, in a game it should come easy," Brooks said.