Volleyball has become one of the most popular sports for girls at Saint Stephen’s and is one of only three athletic programs on campus fielding competitive teams at the middle school, freshman, junior varsity, and varsity levels.
The Falcons have generated a number of successful teams in recent years. SSES won its first district title in 2010 and followed that up with another in 2012. Those two championship teams produced four future collegiate players.
Tori Biach, who currently stars at Division II Northern State in South Dakota, was a four-year starter and a stalwart on those Saint Stephen’s teams. She was a three-time team MVP and all-county selection 2011 and 2012. Her career totals include 1,038 kills, 174 blocks and 162 aces. At NSU, Biach has started more than 75 matches in three seasons and was a second team all-conference selection as a freshman in 2013.
Other Saint Stephen’s standouts have included two-year team captain Lauren Johnson (Rhodes College), Maggie Holbert (Randolph-Macon), and Bryce Liebel (Centre College).
The Falcons are looking for a rebound season in 2016 and are led by junior Sophie Bilik, who also plays club volleyball for WAVE Volleyball Alliance. She should continue to lead the Falcons statistically and be a candidate for all-area honors. Other standouts include senior Kristyn Weaver (pictured), junior Lanae Jones, and sophomore Ashleigh Rodhouse.
SSES is coached by Shameka Walker, a three-year starter at the University of North Alabama who previously coached at University Christian School in Jacksonville and was a graduate assistant at Arkansas Tech University.
Volleyball is FHSAA sanctioned and is a fall season sport.