New head coach pushes tempo for girls volleyball

With six seniors, a brand new coach, and many games to look forward to, girls volleyball started their season off with a bang. After two 2-0 wins against Maine East and Highland Park, they traveled all the way to Warren for the Crosstown Classic tournament. There, the Kits clawed their way through the competition, accumulating a 4-2 record by the end of the weekend.

Their first tournament match against Niles North resulted in another 2-0 win, and their second a 2-1 win over Stevenson. 1-2 losses to both Carmel and Grand Community led them into the last two matches where they beat Wheeling and Regina Dominican in the first two sets.

The team’s first big loss came on Sept. 6, after the tournament, against Jones. At that game, the Kits were unable to even score a single set.

We really want to push tempo. We want to be able to make sure that we’re passing our first contact pretty consistently. [If] you control the first contact you can really control the tempo of the game. That’s gonna be something that we are continuously working on throughout the season,” says Head Coach Paris McFall.

With experience playing volleyball in college as an All-American at Robert Morris University, McFall steps into his first varsity head coach position with knowledge and grace.

“We saw a lot of seniors graduate here recently,” says McFall. “Coming in as a first year coach, trying to make sure that we can really step into the culture that we’ve worked out in our gym is going to be the most challenging thing I think.”

The next tournament the volleyball team will head to is the Hersey Invite on Saturday, Sept. 24. Home matches to follow include games against Niles West on Sept. 27, and Glenbrook South on Sept. 29.