This year’s motto of “family” has become reality for the Weimar High School varsity volleyball team. “They’re doing really, really well,” head coach Amanda Machicek said. “We’re starting to play as a family.” The team finished second at the Aug. 22-24 Rice Consolidated tournament and already has beaten Columbus and Burton, success that has the girls “excited” about their play, the coach said. The team was 16-8 heading into its Aug. 27 match. Weimar has shown resiliency in coming back from slow starts. “We actually like to lose the first set and come back and win the next ones,” Machicek said, joking that the girls want to give their relatives their money’s worth when they attend matches. “Our losses are coming from the big schools, from 4, 5 and 6As,” she said. The offense has been a strength thus far. “We actually have six people who can put the ball down in the front row,” the coach said. Junior middle hitter Kennedy Koehn has been the leader in kills, and she and sophomore setter and left side Malarie Mican have paced the squad in blocks. “Our defense is starting to play really well now,” Machicek said, commending the performance of Kelsee Cowart, Ashlyn Miller and Emily Elstner in the back row. Cowart has been the leader in digs. “They’re really stepping up and playing at a high level,” she said. Sophomore Lauren Summers has moved to the varsity roster because of injuries to Cowart and Julia Pruitt. Cowart may have a concussion, the coach said, while Pruitt is wearing a boot for a muscle strain, an ongoing ailment that flares up.