It has been less than a week since the Unity Christian volleyball team even started practicing. Coach Trish Abston knows it’s going to be a season of building and adjusting one game at a time, and those adjustments began on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Lions played their first game of the season at home, falling to Cornerstone Prep 25-20, 25-19, 25-22. It wasn’t the most ideal result Abston and her team could ask for, but it told her where the team stands so early in the season.
“I am super proud of my girls. We have been at this for only a week,” Abston said. “I know this team is strong and they’re ready to fight. Cornerstone had a bit of a height advantage, so based on how well my team played I know we’re in for a good season.”
Kristin Groux and Mackey Williams were key players in each of Unity’s three sets.
While Groux was a force at the net and serving, Williams led a five-point service streak that tied the third set late in the match.
Unity got progressively more competitive with every set, but the Cougars pulled away each time. In the second set, the Lady Lions tied it up at 15 before Cornerstone won 10 of the next 14 points to finish the set.
But Unity looked its best in the third set when it overcame two separate five-point deficits and was tied at 22 with Cornerstone.
But a service error led to three straight points for the Cougars and the overall victory.
“I just told my girls to be aggressive and play with heart,” Abston said. “And you could really see that in the final set.”
While both teams play in the GICAA, Cornerstone is a much larger school and this season will play in a different division than Unity. Abston emphasized how crucial it is that her players learn as much as they can when playing these larger schools.
“Each of these games definitely makes us stronger,” Abston said. “Most teams we play are not going to be as strong as Cornerstone, so it’s always important when we play these teams.”