“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
The FEAST Middle School B team has always been a place to call home for girls with a desire to play volleyball regardless of the skills they come in with. Very often, and this year included, our team is comprised of girls ages 10-12 with varying experience, including girls who have never played before. So as a developmental team, we count our success differently than wins alone. The growth in our girls during this month has been tremendous in skills, but the most wonderful thing is their desire to play for each other and all together. They are a team united, laying down a season of memories together and building up some tenacious skills that will SERVE them well.
The Middle School A team continues to develop its players this season. This team has only three regular-season games left, a one-day tournament at Alamo Sports, and the ISAL tournament. Then, for the very first time, they will head to Kansas to compete in the National Christian Homeschool Volleyball Championships on the weekend of October 25-26.
Only two matches remain for the JV2 team, and we can say with confidence that we have seen so much improvement. Several of our girls had never played volleyball before, and now they have an understanding and an ability to keep up with other teams that had been stronger earlier in the season. They continue to make strides and we are continually blessed to watch their growth.
JV is still having a successful season with a record of 25-3! They brought home 1st place in the gold bracket at the Gulf Coast Regionals in Houston, without dropping a single set. Four players received the all-tournament player award at that tournament: Hayley Bartell, Vanessa Burton, Ashlyn Caddell, & Kaylee Neumann. The team also brought home 3rd place in the gold bracket at the Texas State Tournament in Dallas. Way to play hard, ladies!
Varsity is still having an amazing season as well. They continue to grow into very competitive players. The team also took first in the Gulf Coast Regional Tournament with four players being named to the all-tournament/region team: Sydney Bowen, Alyse Caddell, Laura Johnson, and Sidney Miller. Congratulations girls and team! We know it’s not just a few players who win the game, but it is the whole team!! Last weekend the girls went to Dallas and played in the HSAA State tournament, which is always one of our toughest tournaments. Varsity took 4th place in the gold bracket!! They have yet to drop a regular-season game!!
Our JV and Varsity teams will be traveling to Wichita, KS, along with, for the very first time, some of the players from the middle school A-team, some of our B-teamers, AND a group of young men! We are SO excited to have FIVE teams representing FEAST Volleyball at the National Homeschool tournament!! Please keep the players, coaches, and families in your prayers for good health and safe travels.
The volleyball family hopes you are able to watch these young ladies play one of their games before the season is over–either at the gym or on our Instagram: @tx_patriots_volleyball.
Our youngest MS team, the B team, started their season off with a bang with a win in the first game against the San Marcos Panthers. Their current season record is 5-4. In only one month of volleyball, this team of primarily beginners are already making great strides in their skills development and show such great potential for future growth.
Our middle school A team, has shown tremendous growth just over this one month! We have 14 girls who are all so eager to play, and feed off of each other’s joyful energy! We recently faced some tough opponents at the Shepherd of the Hills tournament, but we are learning to look at setbacks as opportunities for comebacks. These girls have a very special bond, and continue to step up the competition each day!
The young Ladies is our JV2 have a battle in front of them. The battle is not with another team, but a battle from within, finding what is already there. Their battle is to find the confidence to try wholeheartedly and without fear. They make strides every week; I truly believe they are almost there. It is a blessing watching them grow and learn and compete against other teams.
At this time, our JV is 9-1. They earned 3rd place at the CHSM tournament in Houston, and they have three more big tournaments this season, including the National Homeschool Tournament in Wichita, KS. We’ve tried several lineup changes, and each time, the young ladies on this team have stepped up to the challenges placed before them and continue to work together like a well-oiled machine!
Varsity is playing hard and growing week by week. They won the silver bracket championship at the Devine tournament, won 2nd place at the Cornerstone tournament in the gold bracket, and they also made it to the gold bracket of the SACS tournament. In regular play, they have not lost a game yet! Keep up the great work Patriots.
As I sit and write this article, our middle school is heading to Seguin for their first game of the season! Lots of excitement and nerves! Go A and B team. Our JV leaves for Houston tomorrow for the CHSM tournament. This will be a great and tough tourney. These JV players are doing AMAZING!! Can’t wait to watch them this season! Varsity will be playing in the Devine tournament this weekend. This tourney too is a very competitive tournament where our girls will face many public school teams. I expect great things from these girls. Our JV2 continues to practice and improve and are looking forward to being able to compete in their first game August 20th. Check out the FEAST calendar and make plans to come watch our teams play!!
Go FEAST Patriots!
Go FEAST Patriots!
As I write this article, volleyball is nearing tryouts for the 2019 season. Although at this time I have no idea of the outcome, I want to say congratulations to all girls and the teams they made! One thing I know is, this will be one of the toughest calls I can remember selecting who makes JV and Varsity. For many girls pure joy and excitement fill their hearts as they have made the team they desired. For some, however, disappointment may be in their hearts because they did not make the team they had hoped to make. While I hate that any player is disappointed, it is yet another amazing life lesson that our kiddos learn in sports. How do we push through our disappointments and give 100% and continue being positive- not just for ourselves but for everyone else around us? Great parents and amazing coaches working together! As we begin a new school year with new FEAST teams, we all need to remember the valuable life lessons our children are learning not just in the victories and joy but in the losses and disappointments. Those lessons can help define who they become. So, let’s all work together to make sure each time a situation arises, our children’s character is being sharpened and strengthened.