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Volleyball notepad: Young Eagles seeking consistency

Colonial Forge volleyball coach Keith Mesa is confident his team will eventually establish some strengths.

But for now, he is having a tough time identifying them.

The Eagles serve well one match and poorly the next. They swing well one night and then struggle a few nights later. Sometimes they are good blockers; other times they are not.

“We’ve been so inconsistent,” Mesa said. “I think we have the potential to be a decent offensive team, but I haven’t seen us string together enough to say we are one now.”

Mesa said the inconsistency is due in large part to the team’s inexperience. Colonial Forge’s two statistical leaders are juniors: outside hitter Hope Kelley and setter Brooke Sanders.

The Eagles have also leaned heavily on freshmen Pressley Maghan and Nori Thomas—a rarity in this traditionally powerful program.

“When you’re asking people to step up that haven’t been there in the past, you’re going to get some up-and-down play,” Mesa said. “And so far, we’ve gotten some up-and-down play.”

Still, an up-and-down Colonial Forge team can be quite potent. The Eagles went 4–6 in a pair of prestigious showcase tournaments to start the year, and they are now 4–0 in the Commonwealth District.

“Right now, we’re finding ways to win, and that’s important,” Mesa said. “Our kids have a lot of pride in the program’s tradition.”

Colonial Forge faces Orange tonight and travels to Massaponax on Thursday.

—Adam Himmelsbach