Farmersville volleyball splits league games

The Aztecs sweep Granite Hills, get swept by Sierra Pacific

FARMERSVILLE – Back in March, Farmersville was one of the few teams in the county to play outdoor volleyball. Indoor sports weren’t permitted due to the ongoing pandemic so they set their court up outside and made something out of nothing. It gave their squad some much needed reps as they got out to a strong start this season in league play by defeating Granite Hills last Wednesday, Sept. 8, before losing to Sierra Pacific the next night.

Nearly all of the lineup from the spring has returned for the fall, which has made it much easier for head coach Dave Light to coach the team. The girls are now comfortable in their rotations, which is one less thing to worry about during games. As a result, they’re able to think through the game a lot more which has been the highlight of the team’s wins so far.

“I barely said anything to them tonight. Every time there was a timeout, I didn’t have much to say…so my thing was just to keep telling them to keep up what they’re doing,” Light said after the 3-0 sweep over Granite Hills.

Senior captain Lizbeth Jimenez is an important piece to their success throughout the rest of the season. According to Light, she’s a very calm and soothing player that keeps her teammates focused on the court.

The spring games were probably the most helpful for younger players such as a sophomore Jolina Castaneda. Deemed a freshman phenom by her coach, Light has said in the past that she is already one of the most accomplished setters he’s ever coached. She’ll be an important piece to the future of the Aztec volleyball program.

After splitting their opening two league games, Farmersville was back in action last night against Corcoran which concluded after press time. They’ll have their last three tournament games of the season this week before diving fully into their league schedule as they’ll host Strathmore on Monday before traveling to Lindsay next Wednesday, Sept. 22.

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