Volleyball: Point by Point

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The volleyball girls take a moment to reflect during

The volleyball girls take a moment to reflect during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The volleyball girls take a moment to reflect during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Ragan Nickless

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Point by point, game by game, the Chase County volleyball team was more determined than ever to reach its goals. With all but one starter back, they hit the court as a team with a dream.

Returning seven out of eight varsity players was a huge advantage to the team.

“We all found our weaknesses last year and it’s good to know what we can work on,” said senior Taylin M.

To pinpoint spots for improvement, the team did a drill called atonement—if you made a mistake, you had to correct it right away with a free ball.

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The volleybal team celebrates a great hit.

With so many returning players, building team unity became even easier. According to Coach Schuller, “Having great team chemistry, putting the best team out there who will strive to do their best, win or lose” is the best way to find success.

The team would all agree there was one main goal for the year: to get better and to learn from mistakes. Using the experience they gained throughout the season, the girls set goals to win SPVA, which they did, and they also had the goal to make it past their first subdistrict game. They accomplished that goal as well. 

Meeting their goals required some changes, but the team discovered that change can also be a good thing.

Senior Shaylee H. went from starting backside hitter last year to libero this year.

“It’s fun,” Shaylee said.  “I really like defense.”

Though she enjoys it, Shaylee said she also felt the pressure of being the main passer. “Whenever I’m in serve receive, I freak out because I feel like I have to have a perfect pass.”

Another change every season is the freshmen that join the team. There were nine players who were added to the team for the 2016 season.

Some girls choose volleyball for the love of the sport, but not everyone. Maddie B. is one of them. “I chose volleyball because I hate running, and I’ve never played softball in my life,” she said.

Either way, the team appreciated each and every one of the new additions.

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