Updated: Aug 7, 2019
Trinity Christian Academy Conquerors varsity volleyball begins play on August 13. The Conquerors are preparing for the new season, and head coach Crystal Lawrence is quite confident that her 2019 team will compete mightily for a district title and a deep playoff run. The Conquerors have worked relentlessly throughout the year, and 2019 looks truly promising.
2018 Season Summary
The Conquerors finished 2018 at 14-14 and earned a spot in the playoffs as the Class 4A-District 2 runners-up. A six-game winning streak midseason and a strong regular-season finish forged the team toward a regional final appearance. “It was a young team with a lot of talent,” said Coach Lawrence. “Unfortunately, we performed below our talent level for the majority of last season. However, we have worked hard during the offseason, and I am really looking forward to seeing this group play to their fullest potential this year and extend their season deep into the playoffs.”
Key Returning Players
The Conquerors lost four players from last year’s roster to graduation, but many key players will return in 2019. Juniors Alexis Crews and Amaya Ross will bolster the roster while seniors Anna Grace Combs and Kayla Milligan and sophomore Ally Carter will step up to become team leaders. Carter helped lead her OTVA summer team to a 15U AAU National Championship Tournament in early July.
Trinity’s 2019 roster features a young lady whom Coach Lawrence considers a huge part of the present and future of TCA Volleyball. “Look out for up-and-coming outside hitter and defensive specialist Amaria King, a seventh grader; she made her varsity debut in the playoffs last year as a sixth grader.” King and TCA JV player Ariel Ross also competed in national competition this summer, and their team reached the 12U Gold Championship title match. All players, though, will figure mightily in the team's success.
2019 Schedule Preview
The Conquerors will play rugged competition. When asked what part of the schedule looks the toughest, Coach Lawrence replied, “The whole thing!” New FHSAA rules make it harder for teams to reach the state playoffs. “Under the new FHSAA ranking system with MaxPreps,” Coach Lawrence said, “we must compete with all top-ranked teams in order to ensure ourselves a place in the playoffs.”
The 2019 schedule includes matches against last year’s Class 4A state runner-up, Providence, early in the season. Perennial 3A powerhouse Christ’s Church Academy (2018 Final Four participants), 5A Baker County, 8A Fletcher and Georgia 7A dynamo Camden County will all give the Conquerors a tough match.
Trinity plays in one of the most competitive districts in Florida. Class 4A, District 2 consists of Trinity, Providence, Bishop Snyder, University Christian, and newcomer Episcopal, a 5A Final Four team from a year ago. All can potentially win this district and advance deep into the playoffs.
Coach Lawrence discussed having two of the state’s top-tier rivals in her own district. “Episcopal and Providence will both be in our district this upcoming season for the first time in my coaching career. Both are Jacksonville-area powerhouses in volleyball. We have always had to beat out one or the other, but never both. We are optimistic about our chances though.”
Rivals and Challenges
When asked who Trinity’s biggest rival is, Coach Lawrence answered directly, “Providence…. need I say more?” She looks most forward to playing the Stallions “because there is no sweeter victory.”
The biggest challenge in preparing for the season is finalizing the starting lineup with all the amazing talent on the roster. “It’s a great problem to have when you have phenomenal players bidding for the same positions, but it can be difficult to sift through as well,” she said.
The Conquerors’ motto for this year is… “† > Team > Me” and the team verse is 1 John 4:4b, which says, “…greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
Coach Lawrence imparts her team-oriented philosophy onto her players. “If each member of the team can be unified and put the interests of the team above their own personal interests, then this group could go all the way,” she said. “However, each will have to decide whether they want the best stats on the team and MVP recognition -- or a state title.”
2019 Varsity and JV Volleyball Schedule
Opponent Location Date Varsity JV
Conqueror Preseason Classic Home August 13 TBA Work Team
Fletcher Home August 19 6:30 5:30
Providence* Home August 22 6:00 5:00
First Baptist Academy Home August 26 No Game 6:30
Harvest Away August 29 6:00 No Game
Mandarin Home September 3 6:30 5:30
Bronco Tournament Away September 6-7 No Game TBA
Bishop Snyder* Home September 9 6:30 5:30
River City Classic JJVA September 13-14 TBA No Game
Nease Home September 16 6:30 5:30
Bolles Away September 17 6:30 5:30
Christ’s Church Away September 19 7:00 6:00
Baker Away September 24 6:30 5:30
University Christian* Home September 26 6:00 5:00
Camden Co. Away September 30 6:30 5:30
Episcopal* Home October 8 6:30 5:30
Bishop Moore Swing for OTVA-Orlando October 11-12 TBA No Game
the Cure High School Showcase
[*Denotes District Game]
Districts @Higher Seed October 14,15,17 6:30
Regional Quarterfinal TBA October 22 TBA
Regional Semifinal TBA October 29 TBA
Regional Final TBA November 5 TBA
State Semifinals TBA November 9 TBA
State Championships Ft. Myers November 15-16 TBA