Kyrie Lorfing setter and left-handed right side hitter from Faith Lutheran High School woke up this morning in Reno, Nevada finding herself and her team preparing for a game that could either end their season or advance them to the Nevada 4A State Championship Semifinals tomorrow night.
Faith Lutheran women’s volleyball team prepared for tonight’s quarterfinals game against Bishop Manogue by having a light serve receive practice at a local high school in Reno early this morning. Lorfing expressed in an interview that Coach Fisher did not want to over exert the girls moving in tonight’s big game.
“The practice was light but focused,” Lorfing continued, “...we’re a completely different team since the last time we played them, we completely changed our rotation. When we faced them last, we were running a 5-1 and now we're running a 6-2.”
Lorfing was referring to the Nike Durango Classic this past fall where the Crusaders went head-to-head with the Mustangs in a qualifying round for the championship bracket. At the time, Faith Lutheran was running a 5-1 which led the team to have some complications defensively. They suffered a close loss to Bishop Manogue (25 - 23, 25 - 18) in the best of three match.
“I remember it being a pretty close game last time but like I said we have had some major rotation changes and we are by far a better team now, than we were (then)” said Kyrie.
Last week, Lorfing was awarded a First Team All Conference honor for the All Mountain Region Conference. She joins five of her teammates, also honored with conference awards, and her Coach, Amy Fisher, who received the Coach of the Year Award.
Other conference honorees included Anna Massari, Hailey Carroll, Isabelle Guerrero, Lauren Tomita and Maggie Skinner. Lorfing explained that it was an amazing feeling to see alot of her team’s hard work pay off and recognized and confirmed with the announcement of the conference awards.
Kyrie has verbally committed to continuing her education and volleyball career at Columbia University in Upper Manhattan, New York for next fall. Columbia competes in the NCAA Division I with well-known universities with names like Syracuse and Harvard. While Lorfing holds a 4.0 high school GPA her decision isn’t surprising.
Overall Lorfing seems to be confident moving in tonight’s game. Favoring the idea of hitting but also having the opportunity to be a setter is what Kyrie desires. Tonight’s game is in Reno Nevada with the first serve scheduled for 6pm and can be viewed via NFHS.org.
Lorfing and the rest of the Crusaders are hoping to secure their spot in the semifinals where they’d face Coronado tomorrow night.
DearVolleyball.com sends well wishes and good vibes to the Faith Lutheran team and all Vegas volleyball teams competing in this year's state championship tournament.
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