Height is a huge advantage is volleyball at any level.
This fact was demonstrated on Sept. 18 as the Front Range Christian Falcons were spiked, slammed and served into defeat in their home opener by the fourth-ranked Resurrection Christian Cougars.
The Cougars towered over the smaller and less experienced Falcons and used their height to their advantage, controlling the game and winning in straight sets 25-18, 25-20, 25-13.
One player that stood out for the Cougars was Anna Dewald, a 6-foot senior who continuously dominated the match with her ferocious spikes and tough-to-handle serves.
Front Range Christian first-year head coach, Kathleen Sherman, was quick to point out Dewald’s prowess and Resurrection’s size as a big reason for defeat.
“They have a little bit more height than we did and a player that’s obviously Division I material who pretty much controlled the game,” Sherman said. “For us, we knew it was going to be hard today.”
But for the Falcons there was some good that came out of the loss.
Despite being overmatched, they hung tough, especially in the first set where, despite many unforced errors, the team played hard and hit some great shots, many by senior co-captain Whitnee Sherman.
After dropping the first set, the Falcons dug an early hole in the second, falling behind 10-1. Coach Sherman called a timeout and after the break, the Falcons proceeded to go on an 18-9 run to even the game at 19.
“We just were just talking about how we just had to play with our heart and soul, that’s our team motto this year,” Whitnee Sherman said. “When we came out that set, we were just ready to give everything we could.”
Unfortunately for the Falcons, the momentum they gained during the run was wrestled away once again by the Cougars as they closed the set out winning six of seven points.
The day was a learning experience for many of the Falcon players as the team plays almost as many sophomores and freshmen as juniors and seniors. This loss still gave the team some quality experience against one the best teams in the state; experience that should come in handy down the road.
Coach Sherman said after the game that the team needed work in pretty much all areas of the game, but mainly hitting and blocking. When all was said and done, both the coach and the captains felt that, even in losing, their team played well.
“I think we did really well, I was really proud of these girls, especially the younger girls. We have a freshman on our team even, and she was getting some aces,” Whitnee Sherman said.
As the team goes forward, everyone involved is looking forward the growth that this team should make throughout the season.
“We’re so young and this is our first year playing together,” senior co-captain Angela Krushensky said. “I’m excited to see us come together and work as team.”