SCA Knocking Off the Area's Best

Spartanburg Christian Academy’s Tinsley Fain comes up with a dig during a game against Greer earlier this month.

Spartanburg Christian Academy has a long list of impressive victories this year.
 The Warriors are the defending SCISA 2A state champions, but private schools aren’t the only notches in the win column. Several public schools have been falling one by one, as well.
 SCA has beaten Boiling Springs, Broome, Chapman, Chesnee, Greer, Landrum, Woodruff, Camden, Eastside and Woodmont to name a few. The Centurions, Panthers and Eagles are defending region champions.
 The Warriors are 22-2 overall, and head coach Monica Fain said her team is on the right track for a second straight championship.
“I like to schedule anybody and will play anybody,” she said. “My goal having a tough schedule is preparing the team for anything they will see in the playoffs. By winning those games, it’s given us confidence going into the playoffs.”
SCA is led by senior middle hitter Allison Gaminde with 175 kills, .627 hitting percentage and 4.1 kills per game. Sophomore setter Tinsley Fain is the team leader with 60 aces and 9.2 assists per game.
 Gaminde enjoys playing larger schools and feels it benefits her team.
“I think it helps us a lot,” she said. “We wouldn’t be as good as we are now. It’s good when we can beat them because it shows we’re not just a small private Christian school. We can play with them.”
Defensively, the Warriors are led by senior defensive specialist Taylor Shilling with 133 digs, block and 31 aces. Emily Lanier, a senior libero, has also proven dependable with 28 digs, seven aces, four assists and a kill.
 Shilling said the team has gained a ton of confidence from performing well against public schools.
“It has definitely proven to ourselves that we’re talented and have a shot,” she said. “We’re a really tight team and play together with a lot of court sense.”
Shilling and Lanier are described by their coach as consistent players.
“Taylor’s court awareness is one of the best,” Fain said. “She just placed the ball where they are not. She’s very stable in every category. Emily is the same as Taylor on just being dependable and consistent.”
The Warriors are 3-0 in SCISA Region III-2A with three games to go. The consensus is winning a region title will help toward a repeat as state champions.
“It’s the most important thing to me right now,” Gaminde said. “It’s not just for the seniors but for the whole team because we’ve all worked so hard.”
 “Of course it would be a disappointment if we don’t win it,” Shilling said. “I think it’s helped us pretty well playing our non-region games, but we’ll see how it goes.”