Lincoln Christian Academy wins regular season and post-season titles
The Lincoln Christian Lady Lionsâ€™ volleyball program has done pretty well in the two years since its inception. How well? The Lions won the Carolina Christian Athletic Association regular season and tournament title for the second consecutive year compiling an impressive 21-1, 17-1 record.
The captains of the Lions were Haley Greene, Megan Caldwell and Amber Crump. In a unique situation, head coach Charlie Greene, in his first year as head coach, relied on the three of them early and often.
â€œI was a student of theirs this year. You can listen to them about their knowledge about the game and learn from them. They have excellent leadership skills,â€ Greene said.
Other Lion team members are: Cara Caldwell, Amber Morrison, Holly Coffey, Jordan Holliday, Laura Bronowicz, Jesse Longshore, Meghan Stroupe, Shaleigh Richardson.
The lone loss for Lincoln Christian came at the hands of Heritage Christian Academy located in Lenoir. How much did the loss bother the Lady Lions? If play is any indication a lot, as they avenged their regular season loss with a 3 set sweep over Heritage in the post-season tournament.
The one blemish or hiccup doesnâ€™t even merit a second thought by Greene who says a loss is inevitable when you play an opponents more than once.
â€œAs youâ€™re undefeated and going through the year, itâ€™s hard to remain undefeated because everybody is going after you. Itâ€™s hard to beat people two and three times in a season because anybody can be beat on any given day,â€ he said.
The most important aspect, even bigger than winning the championship, for the Lions was them remaining humble and representing Christ in a positive manner.
â€œIt was a good feeling, but I still want us to remain humble. Itâ€™s good to sweep the conference championship and tournament championship for two years straight,â€ Greene said.
Greene felt it was that positive attitude that brought the team much of its success.
â€œThe girls know the game and know the fundamentals and they play fundamentally sound. They never got down on themselves, always positive and they encouraged one another.â€
Three members garnered a selection to the first team all-conference squad and also made the CCAA Tournament First Team: Megan Caldwell, Cara Caldwell and Greene. Morrison, Crump and Coffey played their way into second team nods.
The regular season MVP for the Carolina Christian Athletic Association was Greene, while Megan Caldwell was named the CCAA Tournament MVP.
The ladies were not the only volleyball team at Lincoln Christian Academy. In their inaugural year, the boys compiled a 4-6 record. While their play was not stellar, their witness was according to Greene and was good enough to win the conference and tournament Christian Sportsmanship Award.
â€œThatâ€™s a big deal to us. Thatâ€™s as big as any first placeâ€”your attitude. They had a very good season because getting guys involved in volleyball is tough.â€
â€œAfter they got involved with it, they got to where they liked it,â€ he quickly added.
Heath Greene played his way into a first team all-conference slot and was joined by Cody Sipe who made the CCAA second team.
The two seasons were special to Greene, who was fortunate enough to coach his two kids.
â€œIt is a pleasure and a blessing to coach your own children and more than that I feel every one of these kids is part of my family.â€
by John Mark Brooks