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MACA September Athletes of the Month
Jessie Markley, Senior, Varsity Volleyball
September was a historic month for the Lady Lions volleyball program, accumulating a record of 8-0, while only dropping 4 sets the entire month. Part of that success is found squarely on the shoulders of senior libero Jessie Markley. From a statistical standpoint, she led the Lions in digs and serve receive receptions, anchoring a defense that has been dominant throughout the season. But her biggest role on the team is not necessarily as a defensive pillar. She is the spiritual leader of the team. “My favorite moment in every match actually happens before we get going,” says Coach David Blair. “When the girls are together and Jess prays over them… It's the calm before the storm. This opportunity for worship through volleyball is the uniting factor of our team, and Jess really is the driver of that focus.”
As the volleyball team hits the homestretch of their season, worship continues to be the priority, and doing it with excellence being the goal. There is no doubt that Jessie will continue to lead the way, as the Lions seek their first MIAC championship and the perfect ending to the careers of this senior class.
Michael Faragalla, Senior, Varsity Soccer
Michael has excelled as the MACA Boy's Soccer goalkeeper during the first month of the season. He has consistently demonstrated character and leadership throughout each game and practice, working diligently to better himself and his teammates. "What I appreciate most about Mike is his love and respect for his teammates. He is not afraid of doing difficult things to help support the team." He was named to the all-tournament team for the Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy Tournament and has helped the team earn 2 shutouts and a 0.89 goals against average in the month.
Kylie DesLauriers, 8th Grade, Middle School Volleyball
Kylie DesLauriers has played MACA MS volleyball for three years, making the A team every year. She has served as team captain for the last two years and currently leads the team in serve receive and attacks. Kylie is not only a great volleyball player consistently showing skills beyond her age group, she is also a leader among her peers. She can be counted on to encourage her teammates and to set an example in effort given at practices and respect given for coaches and officials. "Kylie deserves this recognition not only because she is a phenomenal volleyball player, but perhaps most because she is a positive influence on the court," stated Coach Sefton. "She is a mature player in both skill and attitude and is simply a delight to coach. I look forward to watching her volleyball career in the years to come."
Grayson Cook, 8th Grade, Middle School Soccer
Grayson is a valuable player on the middle school soccer team. While scoring and assisting in all 4 of our matches this month, he consistently shows good sportsmanship and character that is an example to his teammates. He always gives his very best. Coach Teixeira states that, "He may not be Lionel Messi, but the other team feels like he is."