Covenant Academy is serving up a new sport to add to its growing athletic curriculum.
Tryouts were held Monday and Tuesday for what will be Covenant’s first volleyball team.
Picked to lead Covenant Academy in its first year of volleyball is Amy Martin, a former WCHS volleyball standout who learned under coach Franklin Fisher. Coach Martin was working 13 girls through a variety of drills Tuesday during the second day of tryouts.
“I’m very honored to be coaching Covenant Academy’s first volleyball team,” said Martin. “I’m looking forward to instilling in these ladies what my former coaches instilled in me during my years of playing sports in high school and middle school. My goal is to teach these ladies the game and the skills to play volleyball.”
Covenant Academy will actually field two volleyball teams, one for high school and one for middle school. Covenant Academy has been adding one grade a year and will go up to 10th grade this year.
Girls in grades 6-8 will compete at the middle school level, while girls in grades 9-10 will compete against high school teams. Covenant will be at somewhat of a disadvantage its first two years because it won’t have any juniors or seniors on the squad.
Martin was busy preaching the fundamentals on Tuesday, teaching the girls to move their feet and get under the ball when bumping and setting. The ball doesn’t have to travel far when bumping, she said, but it has to go high enough to allow the setter time to get underneath it.
The girls were eager to grasp the concepts. They worked on drills at the net, practiced jumping, and served from several different distances to work on proper technique.
“This first year isn’t going to be easy, but I know these girls are up for the challenge,” said Martin. “They are all go-getters and work hard.”
Covenant Academy finished last year with 123 students. Headmaster Alan Smith estimates the school will have around 150 students when classes begin this year.
Other new sports this year, according to Smith, will be golf and cross country. The distances for the cross country races are age appropriate with students allowed to participate as young as kindergarten.
Covenant Academy competes in the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference, which is the same conference as Boyd Christian.
Covenant’s volleyball season is set to begin Aug. 20 with a home match.