Lady Pats volleyball, boys soccer start off well

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The Victory Baptist Academy Lady Patriot varsity volleyball team won their bracket in the Trinity Christian Academy Volleyball Invitational, finishing with a 2-1 record.

After losing their first game against Trinity Christian, the Lady Patriots went on to defeat Cornerstone of Granbury and Grace Academy of Frostburg to earn the consolation championship title. Freshman setter Callie Guevara led scoring in all three games.

This is only the second year VBA has offered a volleyball program, and the young varsity team, consisting mostly of freshmen, competes in TCAF Division 2. The team is led by Jessica Newkirk, who began her career at VBA this year.

“Consistent serves and communication were key in the win,” Newkirk said. “Varsity has come a long way in a short amount of time. In every game they make improvements and work harder than the game before. They now have a plaque to show how their hard work has began to pay off. I am very proud of this team and how they are coming together. Good things are happening, and I look forward to having success in district.”

Newkirk said her goal for the rest of the season is to live up to VBA’s sports motto for the year - championship culture.

“We want the girls to give everything they have every practice and see the results on the court,” she said. “Wins don't accidentally happen, they are earned. Every day at practice that we are working hard, giving our all, is a step closer to a victory.”

Soccer begins with win

The new school year marks the beginning of a new sports program at Victory Baptist Academy, where the VBA Patriots are now fielding their first soccer team for male students in fourth through sixth grades. The team, which plays as a U12 team in the Metroplex Soccer Alliance, started the season on the right foot with a 4-3 win against the Burleson Cobras. Fifth grade student Max Dickerson scored all four goals, while Colby Smith stood out on defense.

The soccer team is led by Matt Brown and assisted by Brandon Shirley. The team has been practicing together for three weeks, and is a mix of varying experience levels on the part of the athletes.

“I saw a lot of heart, teamwork and heads-up play out of these young men,” Brown said. “What a great start to our first season.”

Brown said he plans to keep focusing on fundamentals, particularly in the passing game.

“We are building a program and are off to a good start with this extremely talented group of young men,” he said.

VBA is currently in the process of completing its own home field, and plans to offer a girls’ soccer team in the fall. Eventually, athletic director Jeff Peterson said he hopes to make soccer available school-wide.

“Our future plans are to have soccer in the fall for elementary, junior high, and high school boys; and this is definitely a step in the right direction,” Peterson said. “We’re very excited to see the soccer program get off to a great start with a win.”

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