The sports landscape at Horizon Christian High School just continues to grow wider with the installation of an artificial turf football/soccer field over the summer and a baseball diamond last spring. But it’s not just growing in facilities, but with the addition of students comes more opportunities to add more sports, giving the Horizon student-athletes another “playing field” to live out their Athletics’ motto, A Champion’s heart is a Christ-like heart.
The newest Hawks’ sports team on campus is doing just that when they step on the volleyball court in a tough 3A West Valley League. Under the watchful eye of esteemed volleyball Coach Courtney Spears, the Horizon Christian netters finished their first season a year ago with nine players on a junior varsity squad.
This season with five more players on the roster than a year ago, they are able to field both a JV and Varsity team. The season has started a bit rough according to Coach Spears, but the players are starting to gel together and have won three of their last four matches, including two consecutive wins in league play.
“We lost a few nail biters at the beginning of the season and once the team realized what they could do “playing as a team” we began winning more games,” stated Spears.
Helping keep the team focused and together are three seniors who were a part of laying the foundation last season in Outside Hitters, Cassidy King and Claire Paul along with Middle Blocker Hannah Gill. The second year coach has high praise for her Senior leaders.
” (Hannah Gill) is aggressive and makes things happen at the net along with our outside hitters that are getting some blocks and touches overall helping the team defense play really well”, added Spears.
Gill knows that with the step up to the varsity level that they must be extra sharp in technique and also need to learn to play smart.
“I feel like when we came to varsity we (knew we) could play the game, but we have to learn to be smart players, in learning where to place balls on the court, said Gill.
King agrees with her fellow senior teammate adding that at this level you can’t let your guard down, not even for a second.
“You can’t slack, cause if do you’re going to go down”.
She also feels the recent success has helped team morale and can start to see team chemistry building.
“We are coming together as a team instead of individuals and (our enthusiasm is high) we don’t get down. getting excited for every point”, said King adding, “I think that really helps us”.
But no matter the result on the court, Claire Paul knows that serving up an Ace is no more important than Serving their Creator God with their hard work.
“We play for God, we win for Him and we lose for Him (and) whatever happens, we know we gave it our best for Him”.
The Hawks will give it their all in hopes of extending their win streak when they host rival, Westside Christian tonight (Sept. 29) at 6:00.