Fall sports are back at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA), and no team at the school has seen quite the business in the early stages of its season than volleyball.
Second-year head coach Christy Williams retakes the reigns of a program that values consistency as much as production, and she certainly won’t be the one who slows down the pace.
“I’m thrilled to be back for year two at CHA,” Williams wrote to the school. “The girls continually improve, grow and learn. I’m excited to see how they progress throughout the season.
“Having Nancy Castillo here is just icing on the cake!”
In her statement, Williams referenced Castillo, who took over the school’s open position as the Director of Athletics this past summer. Williams and Castillo’s relationship dates back to Williams’ time as a volleyball athlete at Franklin County High School, where Castillo taught and coached volleyball for 31 years.
Their relationship is just the same — it’s only crossed town.
Williams’ teams have opened up with tough Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) opponents early. The Knights varsity volleyball team has gone winless in three outings this year, while the middle school has tallied two wins over four matches. The two wins both came against Halifax Christian, where the Knights won in straight sets on both Aug. 23 and 30.
Laser-focused practices in the coming weeks will be the emphasis, as Williams’ teams attempt to iron out fundamentals and work with new athletes.
“The first two weeks of games have been tough but a great opportunity to learn and improve,” she added.