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Faith beats Pasadena in 3; will face Alpha Omega in area round (GALLERY)

By Julie Garcia
Oct. 29, 2013 at 5:29 a.m.

Faith Academy's Krischelle Alex leans in for a pass during Tuesday's bi-district playoff game against Pasadena First Baptist at the Faith Academy activity center. The Cougars defeated the Warriors 25-10, 25-10, 25-17.

Krischelle Alex isn't one to warm the bench when she suffers an injury.

As the only non-senior starter for the Faith Academy Lady Cougars (20-15), Alex is on the court for nearly every play - a tenacity that coach Summer Brooks admires.

"She's playing 90 percent," Brooks said about her player's hurt shoulder. "She's that kid that doesn't want to sit down because she's hurt - I like that about her a lot."

Alex had eight aces, five kills, seven digs and one block against Pasadena First Baptist on Tuesday night on their home court.

The Lady Cougars beat the Warriors 25-10, 25-12, 25-17 in the TAPPS Class 2A District 6 bi-district game.

"Krischelle has improved tremendously," Brooks said. "She came in, she wasn't running first tempo balls, but she came in this season and is running first tempo."

Alex's quickness and versatility make her an essential element on the team, which Brooks describes as having a fast-paced tempo.

"She has this laid-back attitude, and it works for us because everybody else is real in-your-face, and she just sits back and does her job," Brooks said.

Alex, who joined the varsity squad as a sophomore, has been seeing much more playing time this season.

"It's been great working with the seniors," she said. "We're getting closer together as a team and better."

Besides volleyball, Alex plays basketball and volleyball for Faith Academy.

She said being a student-athlete has made her more diligent in other areas of her life.

"It pushes you more in class so you can pass," she said. "It makes you have a good attitude."

What Alex calls a good attitude, assistant coach Jason Driver calls a "good spirit."

"She's somebody that builds spirt around everybody else around her," Driver said. "She brings a good spirit to the court when she's out there."

Being the youngest starter on the court with aggressive team leaders has prepared her for playoffs.

"She really played well tonight - she showed us she wants to be in the playoffs and wants to step up."

And though Alex has been going to physical therapy to work out a sore shoulder, Driver said nothing can keep her out of the game for long.

"She has shown tremendous perseverance with that injury - she just wants to be on the court, and that's the type of person you want on the team."

On to area

Faith's win over Pasadena First Baptist on Tuesday means they will take on Huntsville Alpha Omega Academy on Friday.

The Lady Cougars have won their bi-district playoff game the last few years but have not advanced past the area round since 2005.

Brooks knows it will be a tough match with Alpha Omega's strong offensive hitters.

"They are very disciplined and have really strong hitters all around," she said. "I'm not worried about it - we play defense really well. It's our strong suit. We don't have the biggest hitters, but we will play defense."

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