SouthfieldSeptember 26, 2012
Southfield Christian volleyball continues to improve
By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer
SOUTHFIELD — The Southfield Christian volleyball team has seen how good it can be when everything clicks.
Against Huron Valley Sept. 15 in a tournament at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian, the Eagles won the match, playing the exact type of volleyball they’re striving to achieve.
It is a game plan based on solid defense, crisp passes and communication.
“(Huron Valley) had hard servers, but we still got the ball up and finished,” junior Aubin Toma said. “We communicated, and I think if we play like that all the time, we can do really well.”
At press time, the Eagles were 7-9 overall and 0-2 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference.
Southfield Christian’s roster is comprised of one senior, nine juniors and a sophomore, meaning coach Mike Van Dyke has a team that should look pretty much the same next season.
“We’re working for this season as well, but I have most of these girls for two years,” he said. “We’re still working on being more consistent on our offense and defense, but we keep improving. That’s our goal.”
According to the coach and Toma, the Eagles have been plagued by too many errors.
“We definitely have some things we need to work on,” Toma said.
The defense has been the strength, but the Eagles have missed some opportunities when it’s their turn to strike.
“We’re digging a lot of balls up, but we need to translate that into points on offense,” Van Dyke said.
“I think the defense is going well, but we need to work on finishing a little bit better,” Toma added.
The junior noted some of the miscues come from confidence.
“We just need to remember that we’re all good players and that we can do it,” she said. “I think we can really pass, set and hit. Once we get it down, we’ll have it really good. As the season goes on, it’s going to get a lot better, and we’re going to learn how to work more as a team. We’re definitely going to get that down.”