The surrounding courts are empty.
All of the focus is on one, where Foster leads Dickinson 24 to 15 in the third set of the Dickinson ISD Tournament championship game.
Foster senior Catherine Krieger serves the ball, it isn’t returned. The Falcons are tournament champs.
Led by coach Morgan Hunter, the 2018 Foster season has seen several high moments.
The Falcons won the Dickinson Tournament, finished third in the LCISD Battle of the Brazos Tournament and have won against some of the state’s top competition.
Their wins include 4A state champions Needville and highly-ranked 6A Bellaire.
This year Foster has some new faces stepping up in key positions.
Returning varsity setter Briana Creery and junior Ashley Isbell have been filling some big shoes for the Falcons left by three-year varsity setter Kendall Kilchrist.
Creery and Isbell have been the Falcon’s full time setters this season, producing 27 assists per game. As setters, they have also been doing an outstanding job running the court and feeding their hitters.
“I feel honored to be given an opportunity to fill an important role this year,” Creery said. “There are times where the pressure is enormous on me because of the big shoes I am filling but the stronger and tougher my mentality is, the less pressure I get over time.”
“I feel really good and confident to be playing as a setter at the varsity level because it’s a big opportunity for me to increases my skills as a setter and help the team fulfill our goal to win district,” Isbell said.
There are also seven returners for the Falcons who have taken then new girls under their wings.
“On and off the court the returners and newcomers have spent a lot of time together,” senior Ainsley Suttle said. “We bond during warm ups and activities before games, and during the games it shows that we are familiar and comfortable with each other.”
Every year Foster volleyball picks a program wide motto. The motto they chose this year is, “No Limits.”
“Our motto — no limits — means there is no letting up, no stopping, no hesitation when playing, and to always come out on top no matter the circumstances,” senior Destiny Davies explained.
Last year Foster took control in the back half of the season, and won its district. This year Foster volleyball is in a new district filled with some tough competition, including the Shadow Creek Sharks and the Manvel Mavericks.
Right now Foster is 4-0 in districts and off to a good start towards a repeat district championship. Up next is a match with Fort Ben Willowridge at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Cat Krieger is a student at Foster HS and is a member of the VYPE U Ambassador Program. To learn more about how you can become a VYPE U Ambassador at your school...