Dec. 15, 2011
-- Warrenton, Va - This year has been an outstanding year of firsts for Highland's Girls Varsity Volleyball team. Sarah Glier, from Manassas, and Lauren Frye, from Amissville are the first in the history of Highland's Varsity Volleyball team to make it onto VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association)
All -State team. Their Coach, Gary Hicklin, is also the first of the team’s coaches to take home the D II Coach of the Year award from VISAA All-State.
Both, Glier and Frye were nominated by Coach Hicklin based on their statistics and performance. They were then hand selected by the VISAA All-State’s collection committee to play on the All State team. Senior team captain, Glier, and Junior team captain, Frye, have been playing varsity volleyball for Highland since their freshman year.
All of these accomplishments were achieved by a willfully driven team which had a number of other firsts this year. The team attained their first Regular Season Conference Title, Conference Tournament Title, State Final Four, State Quarter Final victory, State Semi-Final victory, ultimately leading them to their first State Final Match. Glier and Frye, representing Highland School, made it all the way to second place in the DII VISAA All-State Final Match.
As Hicklin's third year as head coach for the team, he believes this is a huge step in the right direction.The team adopted the quote, “the will to win is overrated; it's the will to prepare to win that makes a difference.”
He insists that it was the team's will to prepare to win and the leadership necessary that earned them so much success.
He plans on moving forward through skill based training, building the volleyball program from the middle school up in order to elevate the program.
“The program needed to learn how to compete with top schools in the division and we think were on our way to that. These pinnacles are certainly a huge step in the direction we want to go in. Now the challenge is to maintain that.”
Coach Hicklin treats coaching like teaching, and believes that skill-based training is the most effective and long lasting strategy for moving forward.
“I am flattered and very proud of our team. It meant a lot for me to be recognized by the VISSA committee, and it was great to see recognition for how hard we worked and the skills our team possess."