GCA volleyball gets big win against Highland Christian

Published 5:22 pm Friday, August 31, 2018

Grace Christian Academy Varsity girl’s volleyball team dominated the competition in their game against Highland Christian Thursday night.

Coach Mardi McRae said going into the game she expected total chaos and a lot of confusion because the team had just gotten a new rotation due to the injury of senior, Abby Mills.

Mills is believed to have torn her ACL, but is awaiting confirmation from the doctor. Because of this, Kate McRae was moved into her position and two other players were moved into Kate’s position.

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Due to this change up the team went from a four- two setup, meaning they had four hitters and two setters to a five-one setup, having five hitters and only one setter.

The team just got the new rotation Tuesday and has only walked through it for thirty minutes coaches said.

“Everybody stepped up and got their stuff together,” Coach Rhonda Wells said.

Coach McRae was especially proud of Emma Benedict, the setter and Avery Andrews. Benedict, Andrews and Kate all had to learn completely new rotations between Tuesday’s practice and Thursday’s game. Several of the rotations required them to start in one corner of the court and move to the completely opposite corner.

“We asked a lot of these three and they came through for us,” Coach McRae said. “I am so proud of them!”

Although there was some confusion at the beginning, the team came out strong winning their first set 25-15. They won the next two sets 25-14, 25-6 coming out victorious.

Wells said of the key players for the night was Lainey McRae, who made numerous blocks and kills.

Kate had the most saves of the night, while Caroline Wells had the most kills.

Both coaches are proud of the team and the effort they put in with all the changes that had to be made.