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Patriots’ winning streak continues



EYE ON THE BALL — VCA’s Ashlee Mummert focuses on an incoming ball in the Patriots’ sweep against Founders Fine Arts Tuesday. MACK THWEATT/WCMESSENGER

EYE ON THE BALL — VCA’s Ashlee Mummert focuses on an incoming ball in the Patriots’ sweep against Founders Fine Arts Tuesday. MACK THWEATT/WCMESSENGER

Coming off of their sixth consecutive TCAF Division II state title, the jump to Division I hasn’t changed much for the Victory Christian Academy Patriots.

VCA earned its 24th consecutive victory Tuesday, beating Founders Fine Arts Tuesday, 25-6, 25-13, 25-4.

“It’s been an amazing ride so far this season,” said VCA coach Stacey Morales. “These girls have really worked hard to become and play as a team. It seems like every time we step onto the court, we’re getting better and better. We’re coming together and peaking at the right time.”

The Patriots scored most of their points from the service line with 33 aces. Haley Mullaney led VCA with 12. Ashlyn Stanford added 10, while Eden Rodriguez and Natalee Caraway tallied four each.

“We’ve been effective in our serving game all year long,” Morales said. “We have four or five girls who serve the ball very well, and they’re able to get the other team out of their system, and allows us to take control of the game.”

Mullaney led the team with eight kills.

Stanford made nine digs to anchor the Patriots’ defense.

With two matches remaining in the regular season, Morales likes her team’s chances to try for its seventh straight state title.

“I believe we can do it,” she said. “We did move up to the bigger division this year, but I just don’t see us slowing down. If we play like we’re capable of doing, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.

“In order for us to get to where we want to finish this year, we’ve got to be big at the net. We’ll see a few taller girls at this level, so we need to have strong net play and solid back row defense. We need to have the ability to cover all four corners of the court.”

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