Volleyball has strong start to the season

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Elliott Kelly, staff writer

The volleyball team, currently 4-8, began their season with an impressive 4-3 start before losing five straight. The team has had a rough stretch and is coming off of a 9-18 finish last year. Despite a below .500 record, the team has shown a strong resolve and tremendous growth in the 2021 season.

 

The team’s growth and grit has given the team’s seniors hope for a strong finish to the season and a chance to go far in the postseason. Emily Weaver believes that the team “has the capability to win sectionals but we all have to be in the right mindset.” Several of the team’s leaders agree. Should the girls find their rhythm, they could be big threats to schools in the area.

 

One of the biggest strengths of the team this year is their talent going through seniors all the way to their freshmen.  With underclassmen like Maddie Brown and Lacey Pickering, the team is building up for this year and years to come.  “The freshman really just came in and jumped into the groove very quickly,” said senior Chloe Wise.  The team’s cohesion is something that they hope to use, and if they can keep a positive mindset through their losses, the team will be dangerous.

 

As far as where the team could go this year, there is a lot of potential, but the seniors aren’t trying to push their hopes too far. Jaira Houston said, “We have done well, but we can do better.” The team’s inconsistency can be seen clearly in the scores against Tri-County, with the Lady Oracles winning one set 25-12, losing one 25-15, and having three very close sets. When the team works out their kinks, and finds a way to play more consistently, they will find themselves much more successful.