Renaissance Academy showed up a little late for Monday's non-league tilt with Faith Christian and its game arrived shortly after it did. The Lady Knights dropped the first game in a big way 25-4, but managed to regroup and have a better showing in the second and third games.
Despite the best efforts of Renaissance in the second and third games, it couldn't avoid the three game sweep by the Lions as they fell 25-4, 25-10 and 25-13.
"We're a young team and we have a lot of room to improve,' Renaissance coach Holly Mandia said.
Faith Christian was very successful on offense being able to get almost any shot it wanted and converting. Faith was also able to string together long scoring runs as it scored the first 13 points in the first game and the first 10 in the second.
"Offensively, it was fun to see us move the ball around,' Faith Christian coach Jessica Jarratt said, "and see some attacks from the back row and to get some hitters in there to showcase their skills.'
Two of the top performers for the Lions included sophomore outside hitter Martina McCauley and senior Kari Anderson. McCauley set the tone offensively and had had five kills on the day while Anderson provided a lot of leadership and chipped in with seven service aces.
"[McCauley] made some great adjustments on sets that were on the outside,' Jarratt said. "We had controlled aggression from Darrah Warshel. We enjoyed seeing her attack the ball.'
Warshel added three kills on the game.
As Renaissance tried to shake off some of the jitters it had in the first game, unforced errors continually hurt the Lady Knights throughout the entirety.
"It's the same court, same ball,' Mandia said. "It's coming at you the same speed when the coaches hit at you. They're young and they panicked a little bit. They'll get there.'
A loss is not the only thing that Renaissance will take from its visit to Faith Christian. The young Lady Knights will learn from playing against the more experienced Lions.
"It's good for them to play against a team that's out of conference and maybe a little bit stronger,' Mandia said.