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22 — Goldsboro News-Argus Thursday, August 17, 2017 Continued from 7 There's no mention of volleyball. Former head varsity coach Jamie Conlon speculated that the school may have reached the postseason during its membership in the now- defunct Mid-Atlantic Christian Athletic Association. As far as the NCCSA,she's not sure due to the coaching turnover the pro- gram has experienced over the past decade.New varsity head coach Kasey Perry,a 2004 grad who played for Conlon,is confident the Conquerors can start a new era this fall. "I'm excited to work with the girls,"Perry said."We have some girls who are individually talented, but one thing we're focusing on this year is to really make sure that we put our best six on the floor at any time." Four starters return — senior Jordan Lawhon and the junior duo of Reagan Baumgarner,Emma Meador and sophomore Chloe Mills. Baumgarner and Mills are middle hitters,while Lawhon is expected to terminate points from the outside. Meador is the floor general. "She really pulls the team togeth- er as far as her attitude and her work ethic,"Perry said of her setter. "(In past years) we've had one or two that kind of stand out,but we're pretty spread out this year talent- wise.(Last year) we didn't have all of the elements together." The final two starters? Perry is going to depend on young underclassmen —eighth-graders to be exact,who haven't appeared intimidated by the more-experi- enced and "bigger"girls during pre- season open-gym play. "The ones coming off the bench are going to hold their own,"Perry said."They're younger,but they're very competitive and they want to be on the floor.They're going to work hard for us,so it's exciting to have that." It's a learning curve,no doubt. Conlon,who took over the JV reins,and Perry have the same objective — team first.That compo- nent is crucial when you've got an opponent on its heels. FCA can swing and serve well. The Conquerors' downfall has been their defensive play and the passing game,either in serve receive or when they fail to aggresively attack a transition ball when the other team falls out of its offensive system. "Our main focus has been passing, passing,passing and just the atti- tude of wanting to win,"Perry said. "We're really trying to push these girls.We've always had enough tal- ent to get us there,our problem is attitude and that drive. "We'll get ahead and they're like 'oh great,we're ahead',but then there's no push there to want to win.We're pushing that competitive streak that has been lacking in the past." Perry's 12-member squad launch- es its NCSAA 2-A District 4 sched- ule Aug.22 at Bethel Christian. Faith Christian plays its first home contest Aug.25 against Greenville Christian. Also on the docket is a single- game home contest against perenni- al powerhouse Wilson Christian. Perry FALLSPORTSOUTLOOKS BOYS' SOCCER • Roy Schmidt is the Conquerors' new head coach and said he is "growing with the players." Faith Christian plans to set a new precedent and raise the bar in terms of expectations this season. Jordan Hill and Cooper Voeller are expected to emerge as the Conquerors' leaders on the pitch. "As a coach my greatest joy is seeing players achieve new heights in individual skills and as teammates," Schmidt said. "The ability to have a positive impact on a group of teenagers is a responsibility that our coaching staff does not take lightly. As Christian athletes we measure success in our ability to to compete at a respectable level while representing Jesus Christ in our attitudes and actions." BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY • Five key runners return for the Conquerors,who compete in the N.C. Christian Schools Association 2-A ranks. Head coach John Haggard will depend on Voeller,who also plays soccer,three fresh- men —Hayden Voeller,Bryson Brock and Silas Hill; and eighth-grader Blaise Conlon. The quintet qualified for the season-ending NCCSA 2-A state meet last fall. "We have a total of 14 on the team this year," Haggard said. "Most are younger,but I am excited to see how each one will able to improve over the season." FCA has two sixth-grade girls — Bailey Voeller and Dani Dawson. "If they stick with it,they'll be great," Haggard said. News-Argus file photo FCA's Cooper Voeller Continued from 9 doesn't say much in response to her coach — she prefers,it seems, to speak in the plain-language tenor of floor burn. Somewhere,Derek Jeter and Courtney Thompson must be proud. • At long last,first-ball kill. This is the crown-jewel intersec- tion of the workout,a place where skill and timing and killer instinct must be on display at all times —for there are conse- quences. A set too low? Crunches. A pass that errs to the net sup- port? More of the same. It's bump-set-spike with an edge,but quickly turns into flight school when Arlanda Faulkner emerges from the back row to smash a set from Carter. The Taylor (Ind.) University commit ramps up quickly,climbs the vertical ladder in a blur and ends matters just the same —but with a different sound than the rest. It's a thud,yes,but puzzling and heavier,like a prop blast try- ing to outshine thunder.Then it hits you — it's the soundtrack of a lost point,authored by a powder blue team in working in concert. Fades FALLSPORTSOUTLOOKS GIRLS' GOLF • Patience pays. Over the past three years,Charles B. Aycock senior Abby Sauls has moved the needle of her prep golf arc from some- what anonymous,talented upstart to a brand new,completely on-the-radar position — as that of the Wayne County's best junior,bar none. And,yes — that means everybody. With poise,purpose and a position-by- position golf swing that rivals any in the ECC,expect Sauls and classmates Leah Campbell and Savannah Strickland to make considerable noise on the links this fall… it's time. GIRLS' TENNIS • Can they be the Fab Five? That is the central question this fall between the service lines in Pikeville, where Grayson Lane,Hannah Tyndall, Lexi Reeves,Marisa Peddy and Meredith Jones will seek to make distant the memories of last year's 8-10 record. Overall,the seniors-to-be finished 58- 63 last season,a trial that came with lessons learned and a sense of motiva- tion to make it right this fall. Who knows? Perhaps the ECC dark- horse will don a powder blue blanket at season's end. FOOTBALL • The kid can spin it,no doubt — but just how far can signal-caller Tyler Daniels take the air-raid stylings of head coach Steve Brooks and the 2017 Blues Brothers? As of now,the jury remains out. What is known,however,is the senior's love of all things five-wide,his circuit-board knowledge of the Brooks matrix and yes,the moxie to pull it off. "He's definitely earned the spot to be the guy now,"Brooks said of his quarter- back. So,in Tyler they shall trust. BOYS' SOCCER • The roster goes 18 deep,is flush with club-level talent and maintains a duo of net minders. Pair that with the highly-anticipated return of midfielder Payne Casey,and what's CBA varsity soccer coach Cory Worrell not to love? It's pretty simple,actually. "There are a lot of things to love,"he says. "(But) I'm hoping to love what we have going on more if we can put some more goals in the back of the net." And with eight starters returning,that shouldn't be a problem. CROSS COUNTRY • Deshawn Owens graduated. That leaves coach Butch Bennett look- ing for a "rabbit"during meets. The Golden Falcons usually soar in a flock, but someone will have to step into the leadership role that Owens commanded in 2016. News-Argus file photo Charles B. Aycock's Andres Linares gains possession and pushes the ball upfield during a game last season. The Golden Falcons filed a 12-9-0 ledger that included an 8-4-0 record in Eastern Carolina 3-A/4-A Conference play. Linares saw action in 20 games and handed out two assists.

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