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SCA strives to reach potential

The Suffolk Christian Academy girls’ volleyball team is trying to improve a little each day.

From a win-loss perspective, the season hasn’t gone quite as well as the Lady Knights would like for it to have gone.

So far, they have picked up only one win, and in the past few games, the Lady Knights haven’t played up to their hopes, but coach Scott Cornette sees a team he believes is far exceeding what its 1-5 record shows.

“They have certainly been tested in recent games, but I am very proud of the young ladies,” Cornette said. “I think they have surpassed their expectations and (the expectations of) anyone around them, as well.”

Cornette sees significant potential in the members of his team, so he tries to get them closer to reaching that potential during every practice, and he’s encouraging them to share his perspectives.

Be happy with what you’re doing, but never be satisfied: That’s the message, he says. Far more important than wins and losses are how his team is performing and whether the girls are striving to get better.

“I’ve known these girls since they were young,” he said. “I know what they are capable of. They are young ladies who are figuring out life and going through different things right now. I’ve seen improved effort and improving spiritually. It just has to translate onto the floor.”

SCA has six seniors this season. Eva Waddell takes an important leadership role. Summer Pasquine contributes as one of the best passers on the team. And Heather Pearson has been one of the most consistent servers for SCA this season.

One of the team’s goals this year has been to improve on the its serving percentage.

In their singular win so far, the Lady Knights beat Great Bridge Christian Academy 3-1.

“The girls played phenomenally,” Cornette said. “They were able to dig down deep, and all three of those sets were just great.

Having the right attitude is essential. Cornette thinks his team has a better shot at reaching its potential if the girls continue to grow in confidence. He wants them to see themselves as he sees them.

“Our mascot is a Knight, but I see our girls as warriors,” he said. “I see them as girls who can take on the world and do what it takes to be successful. Not even just on the floor, but off it as well.”

SCA will face Southampton Academy on the road at 6 p.m. Monday.