Coached by Mutia Leiataua, the First Presbyterian Christian Academy girls volleyball team served up their first game ever Wednesday against the Providence Christian School Lions of Savannah.
The veteran Lions proved too much for the first-year Highlanders as they took the victory in an exciting three-set match at the St. James Sports Center.
The Highlander Netters are a new team, ranging from eighth graders to one 11th-grade student. The Providence Lions, with only one first timer, have experience ranging up to seven years of volleyball. The difference in experience showed as the Lions easily coordinated their game, winning all three sets, 25-11, 25-11 and 25-10.
Lions’ captain Miranda Hopkins, a senior, has been playing for five years.
“The game was fun,” Hopkins said. “We worked well as a team and everyone had a good attitude.”
Hopkins plans to go to Armstrong Atlantic State University next year and play volleyball for the Pirates.
Co-captain Jessica Marshall, also a senior, agreed. “The team has really grown together well.”
She is applying to Toccoa Falls College for the pre-med program.
The Highlanders coach said was pleased with her team.
“I feel we have a lot of potential,” Leiataua said. “The girls have been working hard at practices and came together really well for a first game.”
Her faith was proven the next night as the Highlanders won three out of five sets and the match against Memorial Day of Savannah.
The Highlanders will be back in action Sept. 8 in Augusta. Their next home match is Oct. 11 at the St. James Sports Center vs. Frederica Academy.