The young University Heights Academy Lady Blazers squad might be finding their rhythm.
Head coach Faye Hendricks and her bunch came out with a 3-0 sweep over Crittenden County in Blazer Gym tonight and in the first two sets primarily, showed what they can be capable of doing.
“I was pleased with how we executed tonight,” Hendricks said. “The first two sets were some of the best passing I’ve seen these kids do. … I did get to play everybody. I did bring up some new players and being able to work them in and create more competition on our team and create more depth. That is really important as we move into districts.”
Hendricks said if her team can come out and play as they did in the first two sets, anything is possible come next week’s Eighth District Tournament.
“There’s been a lot of parity in our district and I like our chances,” she said. “If our girls go out and execute the way that they can, nothing is out of reach right now. They have to come out and play because Hoptown and County are right there.”
Evelyn Morales led the way for UHA in the win with 11 kills. Julia Thomas followed with five kills. Olivia Oakley had four as well.
With the team as young as they are, Hendricks believes they are gaining confidence with every game they play.
“Every time we pick up a win, we build confidence but I think even in our losses we’ve been building confidence,” Hendricks said. “Really we’re just trying to use everything to grow and be ready for districts.”
For the Lady Blazers, trying to get more games under their belt is key, but due to the Toyota of Hopkinsville Western Kentucky Smackdown being canceled, it left them short of a couple of games. Hendricks said she is in the process of trying to schedule some matches between now and the district tournament.
“Losing smackdown really hurt us as far as getting more experience before districts,” Hendricks said. “Hopefully we can (pick up a few games).”