Midlothian recruit stands tall
SAGU signs Faith Hardin for Volleyball
Frontline player bolsters team's defensive wall
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- When it comes to apex predators, big cats rank with the best on the planet.
The Lady Lions volleyball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University just reeled in another player in the cat family, Midlothian High School’s Faith Hardin.
A 6-foot middle hitter, she was a three-year varsity starter for the Panthers, where Rhonda Currey has served as Head Coach for six years at the Class 5A school.
Hardin’s play was recognized at the end of the season when she was named First Team All-District. She also earned Academic All-State honors.
Midlothian finished third in one of the state’s toughest districts behind Mansfield (34-5) and Cedar Hill (15-13).
The Panthers (15-24) had a 12-9 mark in league play, ahead of Mansfield Timberview, Grand Prairie, Duncanville, South Grand Prairie and DeSoto.
Donning their royal blue uniforms, the Panthers qualified for the state tournament, where they defeated No. 26 ranked (Killeen) Harker Heights, 3-1. It was their first-ever post-season win since moving up to Class 5A.
Hardin was a defensive force in the match with five blocks.
Midlothian’s season ended against the No. 6 Coppell HS Cowgirls (49-3) in three sets.
“Faith is an outstanding player,” said SAGU Head Coach Hansford "Hank" Moore. He should know, as Hardin has been an active, two-year member on the Ellis County Juniors club team that Moore coaches.
“She will compete for a starting position in the fall,” he pointed out. “She was also in the top 10% of her graduating class.” The latter earned her a place on the All-District Academic team.
“Faith is a young lady who loves the Lord and will be a great addition to our program,” he added.
She joins Caitlin Paschall, who also graduated from Midlothian a year ago. The 5’8 Paschall will be a sophomore in the fall.
Hardin is the fourth recruit to sign a binding National Letter of Intent to play for SAGU this year, along with 6’4 middle blocker Erin Watson (Silsbee, Tx / Silsbee HS), 5’10” outside hitter Brianna Hunt (Carlsbad, NMex / Carlsbad HS) and 6’0 middle hitter McKenzie Criddle (Lake Livingston, Tx / Livingston HS).
Coach Moore begins his 13th year at the reigns of the Lady Lions when players report to camp in August.
SAGU has strung together eight straight winning records in the regular season. The Lady Lions tied for fifth in the 12-team Red River Athletic Conference last autumn.
Once again, they qualified for the RRAC tournament, something they have done for nine consecutive seasons.
Southwestern will begin playing as a new member in the Sooner Athletic Conference, who had five of their seven teams produce winning records last year.
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