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Win builds momentum for Faith Academy

By Julie Garcia
Oct. 8, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.

Gabbie Torres, right, of Faith Academy is congratulated by her teammates after scoring against the Victoria Cobras during the third match.

Faith Academy senior Gabbie Torres is a silent slayer on the volleyball court.

Even after a calculated scoring shot, Torres will celebrate briefly with her teammates before finding her place quickly for the next point.

Faith coach Summer Brooks attributes that seriousness to her "win it all" attitude.

"She carries my same attitude; we don't like to lose at all," Brooks said after the Lady Cougars swept the Victoria Cobras (home-school squad) on Tuesday.

The Lady Cougars won the three-set match 25-16, 25-11, 25-15. The win brought Faith Academy's record to 16-14 overall and 5-2 in district.

Torres scored six kills, five digs and three aces - an impressive combination even as she sat out for the latter part of the second set.

Knowing that this is her final season, Torres has been leaving it all out on the court.

"I go in 100 percent and give it my all," said Torres, who has been playing since she was in sixth grade.

Torres averages about nine kills and eight digs each game.

"She always gets that momentum kill for us when we need it," Brooks said. "And losing is not OK with her, and it shows - I love that."

Momentum is important for the Lady Cougars' next three games, which will determine the TAPPS Class 2A District 6 champions.

Before district play began, Faith Academy struggled to complete full games, and its record showed it.

Brooks said that the team's intent changed when they realized they could win district.

"They want it. They know these next three games are important, and they work hard in practice every day," she said. "In practice, we do drills that are all about finishing (games), and that's what we've been doing in games - it's really been carrying over."

Though Tuesday's game against the Cobras was non-district, Brooks is grateful for the momentum built with the win.

"It's all about mindset. If you go into a game losing, it's harder to beat that next team," she said. "Since we won tonight, that will carry over to our next game, and hopefully, we'll start that game strong like we ended this one."

The possibility of being district champs is an exciting one for Torres.

"I'm thinking very positive about it," she said. "We've never really won district at this school, so just to win would show our school that we're ready to win state."

Brooks said that it has been many years since Faith Academy came close to a district title.

"That's what I want to do as a first-year coach here; I want to set the bar with a district win," she said. "I'm very excited about it."

Other Faith Academy score leaders were Kassidy Korczynskiwith 13 digs, Krischelle Alex with 15 digs and Courtne Grevey with 10 digs.

Grevey matched Torres with six kills, while Brittney Church led with seven aces.

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