Lady Dolphins Thriving Despite Sudden Departure of Coach Early in Season

Lynn Haven, FL---Given the great success of recent years, it's not a big surprise to see Mosley with another stellar record at this point of the season. The Lady Dolphins are 15-1, 8-0 in district play, and coming off a win over arch-nemesis Niceville Friday.

And oh yeah, the Lady Dolphins doing all that while dealing with the sudden departure of their veteran coach early in the season! Coach Stephen Canfield asked to resign because his coaching style deemed "too aggressive."

The team is managing to fight through that early adversity with the guidance of new head coach Michelle Mask.

Before she took the reigns of the team, coach Mask had to do something few coaches have to worry about weeks into a season. She had to meet her players.

"First, for the most part, I didn't know any of them. Our first practice was basically a meet and greet and find out who they were. But it wasn't awkward".

The Lady Dolphins didn't let the move throw them off. Instead, they embraced it.

"I don't think we were so much nervous as we were excited.
Nicole Valle, a senior outside hitter says "Coach Mask is awesome and we all knew she was. We weren't nervous at all. We knew she had it under control."

Says senior setter Makayla Lewis about her coach "She has just such high energy in the games and she really is just like a second mom to all of us."

The team hasn't skipped a beat says Rachel Skibba, a senior middle blocker. "We're playing at a high level because of her coaching and her positive attitude, but also we're playing as a team. We're playing for each other. But at the same time, she's not easy on us. She's hard and we grow from that."

That growth has made them even stronger, says freshman outside hitter T'ara Cesar "I think it'll help not just me, but all of us do better in a tough situation against Niceville, Gulf Breeze, and Arnold."

"We've been undefeated since and I really think that's because we've bonded as a team and if you're a team that's not bonded, then you're not gonna win games."

Mask says that bond grew out of "Building the girls up. You know, they've got a lot of talent. They've got a great attitude. They support each other and it's all about the team."

Now, the Lady Dolphins know they're on the path to achieving something great.

"I think we can all go to state" says Skibba "because we all have great attitudes and we're positive and there's no individuals on the court. We all play as a team. This is the team, the coaching staff, the student body support, everything we need to go to state... finally."

The Lady Dolphins back on the court tonight against rival Arnold.


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