The Lady Longhorn freshman volleyball team has become one the elite first-year teams in the 4A conference thanks to a husband-and-wife three-year coaching effort.
This season, the fledgling players have compiled an unbeaten (2-0) record under the tutelage of coach Trevor Creighton.
The past two years, when the freshmen where students at Rim Country Middle School, they were coached by Creighton's wife Shelli.
Creighton said he appreciates the time and effort his wife put into molding the players into a cohesive group.
"They came to be able to serve, pass and run a high school offense," Creighton said. "I'm reaping the benefits of the strong middle school program."
Creighton also said the players are athletes who love the game and are aggressive.
The freshmen opened the season Sept. 2 with 25-14 and 25-14 wins over Glendale Independence.
In winning, the first-year players had to battle through a long, hot ride through the searing desert heat in a bus without air conditioning.
"We started a little sluggish because of the heat," Creighton said. "But we got it going early enough in the first match."
The coach cited the team's strong serve receiving and serving as keys to the victory.
In the two games, Sami Novak chalked up 23 service points.
The freshmen returned to action Sept. 12 in Wilson dome with 25-19 and 25-10 wins over Apache Junction.
"We out-hustled and out-served the competition," the coach said.
Showing marked maturity for freshmen, the team committed just four service errors in the two games.
The coach praised Jade Heglie and Michelle Wing for their spirited play.
Creighton's crew returns to play today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. in Wilson dome against the Mingus Marauders.