Heritage Christian unity leads to success on the volleyball court | Local sports


The Heritage Christian Academy volleyball team is off to a good start to the season as the girls are 5-3, in part thanks to their team chemistry.

Coach Traci Arbo said their closeness is something every coach would like to see.

“The team is great together. They have great chemistry, get along well and support each other, ”said Arbo. “These things are great to see as a coach, especially when you are a team.”

Arbo said she thinks if this group can improve a few points they will look good.

“I think we are getting stronger mentally,” said Arbo. “We play system volleyball, so we’re a little more aware of the system mentally. We still have a lot of improvements to make, such as especially in the service and reception – just running. When we’re out of a system it sometimes gets us off balance, so we just have to make sure our servers are in it. But overall I think we are stronger.

This team is relatively young because it is made up of three seniors, some juniors and the others are underclassmen.

The leaders of this team are two seniors Anna Lawless and Kathyrn Everett, and junior Kielyn Arbo.

Even though Lawless and Everett both sign up this year, they still make time for the younger ones, and Arbo said that is important to the team’s success.

“They are strong leaders on and off the pitch,” said Arbo. “They always like to encourage the girls to do their best, they encourage each other, to try to help build good team unity and good team chemistry. They really care that everyone is doing well, that’s important.

As for Kielyn, the junior, she is the only club volleyball player on the team. So she serves as a person who can help other girls when things can get confusing.

“She’s kind of the director, like, in that people are confused because she stares, hits, passes – she does just about everything,” Arbo said. “She knows the game well. She’s been around it her whole life. So she helps teach that way – technically wise, she’s really strong. So she helps with that and keeps them right on the pitch. “

These three girls have been a strength for the Eagles this season. Kielyn had 12 kills in his last game, 21 assists, six aces, 14 digs and one block.

Lawless had eight assists, three assists, four digs and two blocks.

Everett finished the game with seven kills, four digs and one block. Another teammate who assisted the girls on Friday was second Libero Maci Chasteen who had 17 digs.

Although she fell to the Knights of the Christian Academy of Bethlehem on Friday, Arbo said she felt stronger. There were just a few mistakes too many that cost them.

“I feel like that last game, and we saw a stronger team, especially our first two sets, I mean they were mentally successful, they stayed,” said Arbo. “They are fighting point to point, that’s a good thing.”

Unity plays a big role in a team’s success, and that comes through with the Eagles. On the pitch, they supported each other a lot, encouraged each other after each hit.

Arbo said the closeness and the ability to get along is what makes them a special team.

“Volleyball is a game of service – it’s more about serving others than serving yourself,” said Arbo. “If you prefer others to yourself, your team will always try to do their best for everyone. They will not be selfish. Volleyball is a game where you cannot be selfish.

“That’s probably the most important thing I see with them – they want the other to be successful. Sometimes the competition takes over for the players, and they seek personal glory rather than team glory. I feel like this team is often looking for team glory, so that’s a good thing.


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