Volleyball: Eagles going national
The HCYA girls volleyball team finished in the top half at the National Homeschool Volleyball Championships in Lindsey Golemon’s first season as head coach.
Golemon says the expectations will be significantly higher when the Eagles compete at the national tourney on Nov. 3-6 in Omaha, Neb.
"We have the talent to be one of the best teams in the country," Golemon said. "When our top girls are playing to their potential, we’re tough to beat."
HCYA has performed extremely well at times, advancing to the Gold Bracket at the Living Stones Tournament in Alvin. The Eagles also made the Silver Bracket finals at the John Cooper Volleyball Classic in The Woodlands and own victories over Episcopal and Bellville.
But there have been a few slip-ups, including a recent 25-22, 27-25, 25-14 loss to Katy Faith West.
"We still have mental breakdowns from time to time," Golemon said, "but we’re getting better."
HCYA relies heavily on the sister duo of Hannah and Krista Zieschang. Hannah, a 5-foot-10 junior, and Krista, a 6-0 freshman, rotate at both setter and outside hitter for the Eagles.
"When one of them starts at setter, the other one plays at net. They’re a great combination," Golemon said. "Hannah is one of our strongest all-around players, not to mention our team leader. She keeps everyone motivated and focused.
"Krista is very powerful," Golemon added. "When she makes contact, the ball usually doesn’t come back."
HCYA also has a pair of quality middle blockers in 5-11 junior Jenny Debayle and 5-10 junior Kelsey Mathis.
"Jenny and Kelsey aren’t the hardest hitters, but they place the ball well," Golemon said.
"They also are very solid blockers."
Rounding out the starting line-up is Hannah Bell, a 5-9 eighth-grader, at outside hitter and 5-6 junior Keri Schoenemann at defensive specialist.
"Hannah has shown a lot of maturity for her age," Golemon said.
"Keri has really helped us with her passing and defense."
HCYA also recently moved up two players from the junior varsity — 5-10 sophomore Grace Cadwell at right side/outside hitter and 5-6 junior Caroline Thompson at defensive specialist.
The Eagles carry a small roster, but Golemon has confidence in her players.
"I’m really excited about our season," Golemon said. "I feel like we’ve improved, but we want to show everyone how far we’ve come. We want to play our best at nationals."