Every day since practice started on Aug. 4, the Lady Blues volleyball team has worked toward becoming a stronger unit.

Graham has struggled against more experienced and faster-paced teams. Their season-opening loss to Peaster showed that.

But the Lady Blues took some big steps forward at the Bev Ball Classic in Abilene over the weekend. The 2-5 tournament record doesn't necessarily reflect how much the girls grew over the weekend.

An improved passing game allowed the Lady Blues to get the offense going and keep most of the losses within five points or less.

“The girls put themselves in a situation where they could win,” coach Marci Faulk said. “They could've won some (more) games. I think they're seeing that they're better than what they think.”

During the tournament, Faulk placed the girls in different rotations to find one that would produce consistent results.

Faulk will continue moving players around from the junior varsity and varsity until she finds the rotation that produces the most consistent results. For now, Faulk's happy with the rotation that played Saturday in Abilene, producing the team's best performances this season.

The shuffling moved freshman Nicole King from outside hitter to libero and juniors Savanna Wilson and Lexie Allen to the outside. Freshman setter Jasmine Sims was pulled up to play with the varsity.

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.