Wiscasset Christian wins ACEL Volleyball championship
For Wiscasset Christian Academy’s girls volleyball team, the wait is over. WCA won its first Athletics for Christian Education League championship Feb. 23 over Calvary Christian Academy. WCA won its first volleyball league championship since 1983 with a straight sets victory over the Turner-based school.
WCA advanced to the championship match on Feb. 19 with a victory over Lisbon Falls Christian School.
“Aleeya made the last kill, and it was amazing,” Coach Julie Jones of Wiscasset said in a phone interview Tuesday, about her daughter, team captain Aleeya Jones, getting the final point for the win. Jones added, Aleeya’s younger sister Madison is Aleeya’s setter. Other team members are Emily West, Isabelle Lewis, Abby Lewis, Natalie Sleeper, Hayley Weymouth, Katie Hilton, Alannah Campbell, Gloria Seaman, Oliyshia Carrow, Farrah Casey, Lindsey Jones, Joanna Collins, Kenney Sprague, Cassidy Jones and Kelsey Jones.
Coach Jones discussed the team and recounted the championship in an email Tuesday. “Most high school teams add to their team every year with new students entering into the high school level. Me, I have to add young ones starting from fourth grade to help field a team because we are a small Christian school. This is the way it's been for so many years. It's not easy finding 12 high school girls from a school of 25-52 students. Volleyball team-building, bonding and the making of a strong ‘6-pack’ is very difficult on a small team made up of different ages. For the last couple of years, I have been able to work with the same high school girls and younger to build this team of champions. Yes, four of them are family, and let me tell you it's not easy coaching two daughters and two nieces, but with the all around heart and passion to want to win from the other teammates, this year was absolutely easy!
“With only losing one match this volleyball season against a team many expected us to beat, my team walked into the championship game knowing it was truly up to them. They knew they needed to bring out all they had practiced and to be a unified team more than they ever had, and they did!”