Volleyball steps it up toward end of season

The volleyball team made one final run en route to winning the conference tournament and then advancing all the way to the district finals.

For the second year in a row, the volleyball team won the conference championship. The championship game was played in Milford against the Centennial Broncos.

“After winning the conference tournament, I felt very overwhelmed with excitement and relief,” Allison Davis ‘23 said. “Centennial had previously beaten us three times during regular season games, so beating them in the championship was a feeling I will never forget.”

The volleyball team fell short in the district finals to Gothenburg but finished the season with an overall record of 20-12. Early struggles gave way as the team picked things up while the season progressed.

“We started off the season 3-0 before losing 7 out of the next 8 matches,” head coach Bob Hinrichs said. “It was at that time the players turned the corner to get back on track and began to regain confidence and play as a team, trusting each other.”

Emily Huss ‘23 agreed that the season started off a little rocky. Huss thought the slow start was a good thing for the team and helped motivate the team toward the end of the year.

“I would describe our season as a rollercoaster,” Huss said. “We started off a little rocky against some tough competition, but I think that paid off toward the end of the season allowing us to compete with those tougher teams.”

Team chemistry was a huge part of the volleyball team’s success. They have been playing alongside each other for the last four years and have built many special bonds to help them win.

“Playing with the same people for the past four years built a very special bond between us seniors,” Huss said. “That bond allowed us to lean on each other and trust each other in tight matches, knowing that anyone could get the job done when needed.”