The consistent play and mental toughness needed to beat anyone, anytime.
There were plenty of road blocks along the way, including a last second lineup change, but nothing seemed too big to handle.
The Lady Blues volleyball team showed what it can really do by taking out three 5A teams en route to a second place finish in the silver division at last weekend's Argyle Tournament.
“This is what we should be doing, is winning,” Faulk said. “Not just coming out to play and compete. We should be winning.”
Early in the tournament, the Lady Blues faced a test of confidence and team chemistry.
Just moments before the second pool play game against Lake Dallas, freshman setter Jasmine Sims left, feeling sick.
Faulk had to completely reconfigure the lineup in one minute. The team had to play with one setter, not two, which meant some girls were put in new rotation spots. Instead of falling apart and letting the circumstances dictate play, the Lady Blues proved they could handle anything.
“That could've been really bad, and they didn't let it get that way,” Faulk said. “They stepped up, made changes and adjustments, and we went on.”
Faulk said she was particularly impressed with the mental toughness the team showed in that situation.
The Lady Blues went 1-2 in Thursday's pool play, taking out El Paso Riverside, with the adjusted rotation, and falling to Legacy (Mansfield) and Lake Dallas.
Saturday's bracket play presented a new set of on court challenges. With Sims back, the Lady Blues went back to their regular lineup. However, they dropped the first set against The Colony. Faulk wasn't sure how the girls would respond to the loss, but they showed even more resiliency and won in four sets (20-25, 25-10, 28-26, 25-18).
The 28-26 win really stood out to Faulk as a step in the right direction.
Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.