Female Athlete of the Week: Singhas remaining a consistent force for Warriors

Kelsey Singhas Rich Cooley/Daily

WINCHESTER – Sherando’s Kelsey Singhas was admittedly a little apprehensive about beginning her senior volleyball season.

After spending two years on the varsity level watching seniors come and go, Singhas suddenly found herself facing her final year of high school volleyball. For that reason alone, Singhas has held nothing back this fall.

“You say you’re gonna give it your all every game but I feel like your senior year, this could be my last time playing so I wanna play with my whole heart and that’s just what I do,” Singhas said following the Warriors’ 3-0 loss to Millbrook on Tuesday.

Singhas immediately emerged as the Warriors’ top attacking threat when she joined the varsity program as a sophomore, and she’s continued that trend this season as she once again leads Sherando in kills.

Though Sherando dropped a pair of Northwestern District/Conference 21A matches to Millbrook and James Wood last week, Singhas maintained her lead role in the Warriors’ lineup. The senior tallied 13 kills in a 3-1 loss to Millbrook on Oct. 12 and followed that with 18 more in a 3-1 loss to James Wood last Thursday.

Singhas’ consistency on the court has netted her the honor of The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for Oct. 11-17.

“She’s a good leader and she’s a huge asset to the program,” Warriors coach James Minney said. “You can see she’s well-balanced in everything she does, defense and offense. Good at keeping the girls up on the floor. Good role model, she leads by the way she plays and she does a great job. She does a fantastic job. And she’s a lot of fun.”

Facing James Wood last Thursday for the second time this season – this time in a match that counted toward conference playoff seeding – Singhas simply wanted to improve on her performance from the first time the two teams met on Sept. 29 while trying to solidify a victory for her team.

She finished with half of the Warriors’ 36 kills while also chipping in four aces and a block.

“She hits a very heavy ball,” Minney said of Singhas’ attack. “Sometimes I think that she doesn’t trust her abilities and she tries to hit around a block when she has the capability of hitting over or hitting through it, and that’s one of the things we’re working with her on is just drill the ball through the block because there are more blocking errors than blocks.”

Singhas consistently packs plenty of power behind her attacks, a feat the senior said she has learned to rein in over her high school volleyball career.

“That’s definitely something I’ve improved on because my freshman year I used to hit the back wall, and I’ve learned to control it,” Singhas said. “But I feel like when I get a good kill the team gets excited – or when anyone on the team gets a good kill. It just like fuels the fire basically and it gets us pumped up. Just hearing the smack on the ground just really hits ya.”

It hasn’t been all about the kills for Singhas this season, however. Thanks to improved defensive skills, Singhas rarely leaves the court, if ever. Minney said Singhas and junior setter Mackenzie Cornwell are the only Warriors to consistently remain in the rotation no matter their position on the court.

“My defense has definitely gotten a lot better,” said Singhas, who also boasts a solid serve. “I didn’t used to play all the way around and I play all the way around now. My hands have gotten better with setting and stuff … (if) the ball comes on our side, just being able to set opposite if I need to (has improved).”

Sherando has four regular-season matches remaining before the start of the Conference 21A tournament, and Singhas said one of her main goals is extending the Warriors’ season as long as possible.

“It’s been amazing playing with these girls. It’s my last year and I’ve been playing with them for a long time,” Singhas said. “It’s coming towards the end of the season and it’s kind of getting sad that I will never play with them again, but I enjoy playing with them.”

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com