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Faith Academy volleyball endures tough start to district

The Faith Academy of Marble Falls volleyball team continues its search for its first District 3-3A victory in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools.

The Lady Flames (0-3) faced the top three opponents in the district to begin play. They lost to Temple Central Texas Christian (20-10-3, 3-0) 10-25, 20-25, 16-25 Sept. 12 after falling to Bryan Brazos Christian (25-6, 3-0) 17-25, 18-25, 15-25 Sept. 7 and to defending Class 3A state champion Round Rock Christian (17-8, 2-0) 7-25, 9-25, 17-25 Sept. 5.

Faith head coach Erin Sawyer said her team competed with all they had, especially against Brazos and Round Rock Christian. Both were at the TAPPS Class 3A state tournament a year ago.

“I think the girls will do just fine,” she said. “We didn’t have the best games (Sept. 5 or Sept. 7). I felt the girls did better overall.”

Perhaps no TAPPS district has the depth of talent in it than District 3-3A. Central Texas Christian and Brazos already have won 20 matches as district play began. Meanwhile, Round Rock Christian, which featured eight players who graduated in 2023, is looking to add to its powerhouse status. In short, these teams make very few errors and force opponents to play near perfect to beat them.

And while Sawyer acknowledges no one likes to lose, she added that the growth in the Lady Flames can be seen.

“We’re coming from last year where we won one district game,” she said. “We didn’t show well against Round Rock, which is fine. We did well against Brazos. We’re doing just fine.”

She added that her team’s goals are still intact.

“My goal is that we get in the playoffs,” she said. “We have to be in the top four. We can totally do that. We need to keep our heads up. It’s more how you finish, not how you start.”

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