Upon getting into the Solano Group School health club, one can not keep away from seeing the current success of the ladies’s volleyball group.
Hanging above the courtroom are banner after banner for the Falcons, who acquire books, amassing Bay Valley Convention titles like a library. The Falcons received from 2021 in addition to 2001–2002, 2006, 2013 and 2017 to 2019.
Solano’s 2022 squad feels no strain to repeat the success of an undefeated report in convention play in 2021 and 2019 (there was no season in 2020).
“While you first come right here you’re feeling the strain, however now it isn’t so dangerous,” mentioned Will C. Wooden excessive graduate and Falcon Libero Crystal Carroll. “As a sophomore, you might be simply attempting to be good and hopefully you play your recreation. Final yr we simply wished to play nicely for the sophomore class. Hopefully it is round this yr and the brand new gamers need to play nicely for us.”
“Management the controllable,” added sophomore Dani Ridgejord, a vacuville excessive grade.
The Falcons held their season opener on Friday night time, internet hosting Hartnell and the San Joaquin Delta on the Solano Basic. The Falcons will host Sequoias and Folsom Lake on Wednesday, with their first match scheduled for that day at 3 p.m.
Falcons head coach Darla Williams, who’s getting into her 20s, says not a lot has modified throughout her tenure. She nonetheless loves teaching and is happy for the brand new yr and the women’ group.
“We aren’t actually doing something completely different. We’ve got a number of consistency to be good native gamers,” Williams mentioned. “As soon as once more it’s thrilling and I like that this yr we’ve a group exterior Solano County. There are some gamers too.”
Considered one of William’s prime gamers is Sammy Brown, an out of doors hitter and Vacaville Excessive graduate who received the BVC MVP final yr.
“Ever since she performs volleyball on grass and sand, she’s gotten lots smarter on the courtroom,” Williams mentioned. “She realizes that different groups are going to attempt to gradual her down as MVP returns. However I believe she does not really feel the strain as a result of she loves taking part in the sport.
Brown agreed together with her coach.
“I am simply attempting to play the sport once more,” Brown mentioned. “It is necessary to not overthink something and maintain the identical mindset that I had final yr.”
Kelsey Murray-Wall, who performs reverse the Browns, will probably be a newcomer to Vanden Excessive.
“It is good to have two strong exterior hitters,” Williams mentioned of Brown and Murray-Wall. “Kelsey is a possible six-rotation participant.”
Carroll would be the group’s libero, whereas Rydjord will play a brand new place, Setter.
“She (Rydjord) actually went forward and helped the group by being a setter since final spring. She’s accomplished a superb job working in her new place.”
Rydjord mentioned that she all the time wished to be a setter, however since she was all the time one of many tallest gamers on her groups, she was all the time taking part in on the entrance. This yr it has made it a mission to make all BVCs first group as soon as once more.
“I believe if there’s any strain on myself then my aim is to as soon as once more make the All-Convention first group at a brand new location,” mentioned Rydjord. “I need to show my value as a setter. However I do not thoughts strain. It is like they are saying, ‘Stress makes diamonds.'”
Solano may also be joined by Jesse Bethel Excessive’s new defensive specialist Erica Ferrer and Fairfield Excessive’s Jaylin Bermudez.
Enjoying on the center or proper will probably be Wooden’s Hannah Del Rio in addition to Vaqueville Excessive graduate Liliana Ayala. Cody LePak-Murphy, from Carondelet, may also be on center or proper, whereas Haley Woodworth from School Park will play setter. Layla Morales is a setter from Rodriguez who has performed membership volleyball.
Rydjord mentioned the group’s preseason video games annually in opposition to very powerful opponents assist the Falcons put together for convention play.
“We study one thing from every of these matches,” Rydjord mentioned. “Whether or not it’s in opposition to a prime 10 or prime 5 group within the state, we’re all the time studying. Even once we lose it prepares us for the league season.”
Brown, Rydjord and Carroll each agreed that the one factor the Falcons want to enhance is to do nicely as a group.
“One factor I actually like about this group is our willingness to study and keep constructive in observe,” Carroll mentioned. “There’s pleasure. We simply want a bit of extra time to get to know one another. If the ball hits like this I must study if it is one thing the place Dani will go for it or if Sammy is up for it. It is one thing all of us must find out about what works nicely for us.”