COLUMBIA – Taking the easy way out did not cross the minds of the Rock Bridge High School volleyball team on Monday.

Rock Bridge and Fatima High School (Westphalia) constantly battled to end up on top . Rock Bridge fell behind each set, only to make a slow comeback.

But Rock Bridge's battle did not end in victory, as it lost two-sets-to-one . The match held deep emotions that pushed both teams to work hard, with Fatima battling against past head coaches and Rock Bridge defending its new coaches.

Rock Bridge played with great teamwork and defense against Fatima. The match demonstrated how far Rock Bridge has come since last year. Last season, Rock Bridge won three matches, compared to 23 losses. A large portion of this newfound success could be attributed to new head coaches Aaron and Sherri Kincaid.

"I'm trying to instill confidence and make the program one big program," Aaron Kincaid said. "Last year, the program was sometimes treated as three individual teams. We build that one program through bonding activities."

One of the activities that the volleyball team took part in was a pool party for the full volleyball program in order to build team chemistry.

"Last year we had to find a way to click," said junior outside hitter Madison Cleeton. "Last year we did not do as well as we did this year."

This improvement was clearly shown in Monday's game as the Bruins fought against Fatima. The team encouraged each other on and off the court as the sets went on.

"We are being team players now and we accept each other's weaknesses and strengths and we push each other more," said senior middle blocker Savannah Singletary.

The loss drops Rock Bridge's record to 4-8 on the season. The Bruins will travel to St. Paul Lutheran High School on Wednesday.

  • Former Staff Photo Editor, fall 2017/ Staff Photographer, spring 2017/ Sports reporter, fall 2016 / Senior studying photojournalism / Reach me at cmr5xd@mail.missouri.edu

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