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Heritage Christian Academy soccer and volleyball were both in action on Saturday, as both teams are getting into crunch time as far as their seasons are concerned.

Both teams took on Highlands Saturday evening. The soccer team came out on top 5-0 and volleyball took the match in two sets (25-19, 25-18).

Warriors confident after closing season with three wins

HCA soccer enters the Kentucky Christian Athletic Association coming off three straight wins, including a 2-1 decision over Trinity, a team that defeated the Warriors 5-1 earlier this season on Sept. 7.

Warriors coach Jeff Alcorn said his team has come to the final stretch well and is happy with where they are heading into the KCAA playoffs.

"They've picked it up immensely," Alcorn said. "We're winning most of the 50/50 balls and (Saturday) we just put a lot of pressure on their backline and their goalie and it eventually paid off for us.

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"The effort has been huge from everybody that steps on the field."

He said his team is buying in and he just wants to see them continue to play at the level they have most recently.

"Right now, they're really starting to believe in what they can do -- it's starting to come together for them," he said. "Now it's just continuing to sustain the effort. They have the belief, now they have to sustain it and try to keep moving on."

The KCAA State Tournament begins on Oct. 14 and Alcorn believes he has the team that is capable of winning a state championship, which would be the first soccer championship in HCA history.

"It's just something we're going to work toward," Alcorn said. "We have the belief that we can compete with anybody in the KCAA and we just want to keep moving forward. These seniors have given so much and we want to keep playing for them."

Lady Warriors ready to close season strong

The HCA Lady Warriors are nearing the end of their season and following a 2-0 win on Saturday against Highlands, they are tracking in the right direction.

HCA head coach Eldridge Rogers said he is confident in his team, but said there are some things mentally they need to get better at.

"We've got a mental block we've got to get over," Rogers said. "We've got two teams that are ranked ahead of us and in the history of the KCAA, those two teams have been thorns in our side all the time. Our girls don't seem to play as well when we play against Trinity and Somerset, and that's the two teams rated one and two.

"The confidence level is up and the confidence in the girls is up."

Overall, Rogers said the team has been playing better as of late.

"We're playing as a team and we've got better coverage," Rogers said. "I thought (Saturday) and (Friday) night also we played very good defensive volleyball and that's what you're looking for come the end of the season. We've got a lot of girls into the game and everybody is doing a good job of playing their positions. We feel like we're coming along."

However, there is one more obstacle standing in the way of the Lady Warriors.

"One big problem -- and coaches don't have any control over it is a little thing called fall break," Rogers said. "There's a lot of girls going on family vacation during this so we don't schedule any matches or practices.

"I've added a couple more games because when we come back, we need some touches."

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