North Pulaski Volleyball
Falcons will miss Floyd but hope for consistency
By Bridget Bauer
Consistency is what North Pulaski volleyball Coach Benjie Belton is hoping the Falcons develop during the season.
After North Pulaski missed the playoffs by one match last season, Belton, in his fourth year, is still seeing the culprit to the Falcons making the leap—inconsistency.
"We can be one of the best teams, and we can be one of the worst," Belton said. "It all depends on which girls show up. If the best team shows up, it is hard to compete with us because we are so athletic."
North Pulaski lost its match last week to Greenbrier in four sets and meet West-Helena and Pulaski Academy this week. However, the Falcons are short-handed as senior outside hitter Shelby Floyd (5-foot-8) is dealing with a medical issue.
"We miss her all the way around," Belton said. "She was all-conference as a junior and is our super store. She hits well on the front, but we really miss her on the back row."
Junior Emily Long (5-5) is the setter and right now the offensive leader is senior Megan Chargualas (5-7).
"Megan is leading in that role," Belton said. "She has played lots of volleyball, so she knows the game."
Also recognized by Belton are seniors Breanna Lyons (5-7) and Casey Mullen (5-6). Mullen is a defensive specialist, and Belton says Lyons has been playing phenomenal across the front.
Once the whole team is back together, Belton is hoping to see the improvement he is expecting. In the match against Greenbrier last week, a weakness was discovered.
"We need to cover better on defense and get to the ball better," he said. "We get caught watching and need to serve receive better. That is where we miss Shelby."
While defense is an area to be worked on, play on the front row is North Pulaski’s strength. Also the serve is inconsistent at times.
The Falcons’ main goal is to reach the playoffs. Belton believes if they play their best that can be accomplished. He also believes when North Pulaski is on, the Falcons can beat any team in the conference. But, once again, it comes down to consistency.