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Volleyball sets up for new season

In her 23rd season as volleyball head coach, Diana Story will face the challenging task of improving on last season’s grand success. In 2016, the Fauquier Falcons volleyball team secured a Conference 22 title, advanced to regionals and broke the school record for most wins in a season, with a record 23-4. However, with eight returners, all-state senior captain Maddie Carter said she is confident in the Falcons’ ability to use their experience and rise to the occasion.

“Most of us have played together before,” Carter said. “We know the court very well as a team, so working together will help us be successful. We have already been working very hard to get back into the groove of playing together, and everyone’s doing a great job of syncing as a team, which will play a huge role in how far we advance [with] our tougher regular season schedule.”

That schedule will feature the new 13-team Northwestern District implemented this season, which includes 4A members FHS, Kettle Run, Liberty, James Wood, John Handley, Millbrook and Sherando. Junior Jules Oravec, who received all-conference honors last season, said she is excited to compete in the district and work toward the goal of advancing past regionals.

“We just want to play to the best of our ability and give 100 percent every game,” Oravec said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we match up with the new teams. I know it will be a challenging season, but I think we can compete consistently throughout it. [Last] season was very successful, so it’ll take a lot of hard work to match that record and to make it to states.”

Story said she had high expectations for her close-knit team heading into the season, hoping to win the new district and move onward in postseason play.

“We’re always working on basic skills and getting better at passing, setting, hitting and serving well,” Story said. “If we can have all that in one big package every night, we will be on point to do well.”

The starting lineup for the Falcons features senior co-captains Yvie Frazier and Carter, rounded off by juniors Rachel Crowe, Megan Constantino, Kayla Pavlock and Oravec.

“They are a great group of girls together and individually, which makes my job that much as their coach because I know them very well.” Story said.

As conference play approaches, Story, who was named 2016 Conference 22 coach of the year, said the team is promising and multidimensional, with each athlete playing an important role.

“It’s a well-rounded team. We had things that we did well and things that we need to work on—that’s how every scrimmage is supposed to be,” Story said.  “There’s six girls on the court at any time, and they all play integral spots on the court, depending on what we need that night.”

Some strong returners this season include seniors Carter and Frazier, along with juniors Kiki Scott, Crowe, Constantino, Pavlock and Oravec. New this season is freshman Kate Wilvert, who competed with the Falcons in summer camps, landing a spot on the varsity team.

“They’re a pleasure to be around daily,” Story said. “They step up to the challenge, and they’re willing to get out there and fight and play at a high level every day”

The Falcons enter the season 7-3, after securing a 2-0 victory versus county rival Liberty Sept. 12. On Sept. 9, the Falcons placed second, with a record of 2-2 in the Albemarle Invitational in Charlottesville. The team secured 2-1 and 2-0 victories versus Western Albemarle and Albemarle, however, failed to defeat Stone Bridge in both games, losing 2-1 and 2-0. The Falcons will face off against conference opponent Millbrook, Sept. 19 at 7:15 pm.

~alex wright, sports director

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Volleyball sets up for a new season

Volleyball coach Diana Story knows her team has room to improve after struggling early in the season. Finishing last season 19-6, the Falcons start the season off 8-5. For their most recent win on Sept. 24, the Falcons beat Eastern View 3-0 at home. Consistency helped Fauquier achieve the conference win.

A whole new back line is in place after eight members of last year’s team graduated and other players left. Senior captains Katie Crofford, Lis Heras, and Willow Payne are ready to take on the task of building a young team. Heras says that the team must make a new family because half of theirs left.

“We lost a lot of seniors, so the team is brand new; we’re not as close as we used to be,” Crofford said. “I want to teach the younger girls what they can do with the game and just help the team move forward.”

Goals for the Falcons are to improve consistency and play as a unit, according to Story. Many players will have to take on new roles to take the team to the regional playoffs and move into the post season.

“We’re looking forward to a good season, seeing lots of improvement, and being consistent on the court each and every day,” Story said.

The team has suffered many injuries this year, including sophomore Yvie Fraizer who was out for three weeks with a foot laceration, and junior Jennie Kovalik who was out two weeks with a high ankle sprain. Junior Josie Murphy suffered a torn

ACL and will be out for the season. With the toll taken by injuries, players must adapt to new positions and become more versatile.

“My goal is to be an all-around player and play both defense and offense,” sophomore Madison Carter said.
Despite obstacles, Story’s outlook is still positive as the team heads into the rest of the season.

“I’m looking forward to a good, fun year, and [the team] just has a few things to work on to get there,” Story said. “Every game right now is a key game.”

~alex wright, sports director

Volleyball serves up young rotation

The volleyball team opened up its season with three 3-0 losses, but recently have built some momentum, winning matches against Osbourn, Chancellor, and King George. Lone senior captain Josie Adgate’s job is to keep the volleyball team on track for a good season.

“I want the team to work hard in practice, and have it carry over to games,” Adgate said.

Coach Diana Story has high praise for Adgate.

“We have a lot of players who have stepped up, but Josie is definitely the leader,” Story said.

Junior captain Eliane Zalewski demonstrated her work ethic over the summer.

“I played in a travel league, the Virginia Piedmont Volleyball Association, and went to open gyms,” Zalewski said. “I also went to team camp and another camp through Highland.”

Although Adgate is the only senior, the youth and inexperience of the team isn’t an issue for coach Story.
“I’m not worried about leadership,” Story said. “Our confidence is too low, but the wins against Osbourn and Chancellor were huge steps.”

Zalewski expects the team to have a great season.

“I feel we’re going to grow as a team as the season goes on,” Zalewski said. “I think we have a good shot at winning districts this year.”

Coach Story has similarly high expectations.

“We’re very talented,” Story said. “The girls say my expectations are too high sometimes, but with their talent, we can compete and do well in the district for sure.”

~Brady Burr, staff reporter