The heartbeat of H'Town volleyball? The coaches

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The 2019 VYPE Volleyball Preview will be out in a few weeks, as gyms will be filled with the sound of squeaky shoes and coaches' whistles.

As we enter our 12th year of publishing, I feel like we've seen just about everything. The explosion of social media, some of the most elite athletes in the nation and the greatest stewards of all – high school coaching staffs.

Shockingly on the volleyball front, only two programs have brought home UIL state volleyball gold – The Woodlands (twice) and Kingwood Park last season. So, who has the best chance to hoist the hardware in November? You will have to wait on the preview.

But back to what we've witnessed for over more than a decade, the coaches. Let's just take volleyball. Houston is loaded with some of the best in the business from Seven Lakes' Amy Cataline to The Woodlands' Terri Wade to AP Clarke of Bellaire. The list goes on.

Some legends have moved on like Ridge Point's Lori McLaughlin, Clear Falls' Lindsay Hodges, Pearland's John Turner (now an assistant at Bellaire) and The Woodlands' Leslie Madison.

Why are these coaches so near and dear to my heart?

Coaching girls is tough. I've been told by coaches that girls are more competitive than guys, because they vigorously compete against the other team but also with each other. The glue that keeps a great volleyball team moving in the right direction is the coach.

It's all about communication.

What I've learned being married and raising two girls is that you can't communicate too much. There is no such thing as over-communication. Building chemistry is paramount. Trust is key. You also have to be tough, because they will challenge you.


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Julia Faseler has seen it all on the volleyball court.

The Second Baptist School senior has been digging volleyballs at an elite level since middle school. She has seen the speed and power of the Class 6A game when she played varsity at state-ranked Pearland Dawson.

The libero moved to Second Baptist School entering her junior season and hit the ground running.

"I really wanted to get to a Christian-based school where the bible is implemented in what we do on and off the court," she said. "It's been a great experience for me personally. I wouldn't change a thing.

"Coach (Sue) Berg has been amazing," she said. "She's one-of-a-kind and is a tremendous motivator. I love playing for her."

Now a senior, Faseler has taken the baton as a team leader for a young team.

"It's been so fun this season," she said. "I've made so many friends here and have grown really close on the court. I've also learned so much on how to effectively lead, which is a great life skill.

"I've played defense my entire career and I love libero so I can control what we are doing on the back row."


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