"This is my 30th year coaching volleyball," Fairmont State Women's Volleyball Head Coach Larry Hill said.
Fairmont State Women's Volleyball Head Coach Larry Hill has seen it all, from coaching conference players of the year, to winning conference championships, and even reaching 600 wins. But he realizes this year he has something special. Something that comes around once in lifetime.
Most people associate September with football season, and rightfully so. But in Fairmont, all you've got to do is step inside the Feaster Center and you will find a very good women's volleyball team. One that Head Coach Larry Hill said is led by one of the best players he's ever seen in his 30 years of coaching.
"She has just been phenomenal so far this year," Hill said, speaking of Bri Swann. "She's been player of the week two weeks out of the three. She's just doing everything you can possibly ask a senior to do. I would say that she ranks up there in the top three of kids that I've coached.
"During the summer I would work 40 hours per week, and then I went after work to the gym every day," Falcons senior Bri Swann said. "I worked on my jumping because I knew in the Spring that my vertical had increased a lot. So I didn't want to lose that over the summer."
Bri Swann was a first-team WVIAC selection each of the last two years. Now as a senior, she's transformed into a leader. One that is the Mountain East Conference leader in kills, and one that believes this Lady Falcons team can win yet another conference championship for Coach Hill.
"I think we'll do very well in the conference," Swann said. "In the preseason we were ranked number two. So that's definitely something that we expect to get. We don't want to lose any more than we think we should. I think that we have played a lot of harder teams so far. So that's good that we've kind of taken those over and gotten those out of the way."
So far against those "harder" teams, Bri and the Falcons hold a 10-2 overall record. But a matchup against preseason favorite Wheeling Jesuit looms in the near future.
"It's going to take a gigantic effort on our part and our kids' part. They're established. They feel comfortable in that role and we have to try to unseat them," Hill said.
"I mean, I'm definitely impressed. 10-2 is pretty good so far. But we want more," Swann said.