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Leaving it all On the Court

The seniors on the girls varsity volleyball team reflect on their successful breakout season

Macy Hataway, EIC

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At the beginning of the season, did you have a good feeling about the team and how far you would go? Why or why not?

 

Kate Menz ‘18:  

“Yes, we created goals right after tryouts and winning state was one of them. We all believed we could do it and going into the season ranked number one definitely gave us some confidence we needed.”

 

Holly Schmidt ‘18:

“I had a really good feeling about it. I could tell from the camps we did during preseason we would just click and play well together.”

 

Laney Hershiser ‘18:

“I always had a great feeling about the team because we’ve played together for a long time and we’ve jelled as a team way faster than most high school teams do. I also had a good feeling once we won both of the summer team camps we went to at CU and DU.”

 

What changed from last year to this year as far as preparing and practicing for games? Did those changes play a significant role in the team’s success?

 

Kate Menz ‘18:  

“I don’t think it was anything really physical that changed, it was all mental. We have all been playing together for years and we all wanted the same thing. We also had really good team chemistry.”

 

Holly Schmidt ‘18:

“I wasn’t on varsity last year so I don’t know how he practiced the team before, but we had a lot of goals for every practice and for the whole season. We worked super hard to get where we got to. We try make our practices harder than the competition we will face. We also challenge each other to do the best we can.”

 

Laney Hershiser ‘18:

“Not a lot changed from last year to this year except for the people. We had a good team last year, but as I said before, the seniors that we’re on the team this year had already clicked so it made playing so much smoother. It also helps that we’re super close off of the court too.”

 

How does it feel to know that you gave it your all your senior year and it turned out being everything that you hoped for? How does it feel that you’re going out with a bang?

 

Kate Menz ‘18:  

“I wouldn’t want to end my high school volleyball career any other way. It will definitely be a season I will always remember.”

 

Holly Schmidt ‘18:

“I’m super happy with how my senior year season and first year on varsity turned out. I’m so proud of the team for all that we accomplished together and I’m going to miss them so much.”

 

Laney Hershiser ‘18:

“It’s the best feeling in the world. Ending with a state title could not get any better. We all worked so hard for it and I’m so happy we accomplished this goal.”

 

Who pushed you to get to this point in your volleyball career?

 

Kate Menz ‘18:  

“My club coaches, Dowis and the Lowry’s, have majorly impacted my decisions to continue playing which has played a huge role in my life. I will always be grateful for that.”

 

Holly Schmidt ‘18:

“A lot of my drive comes from my family, my parents especially. They push me to be the greatest I can be and help me get there by setting up training. My dad has even been my coach for my entire volleyball career so far.”

 

Laney Hershiser ‘18:

“I don’t think I had a push. It was more about playing volleyball because it’s fun being with my friends. Also, playing on a club team helps you grow into a better athlete and all of us are on a club team.”

 

Do you regret something specific from this season? If so how are you going to learn from it?

 

Kate Menz ‘18:  

“If anything, I regret not always taking advantage and realizing it was my last season for a lot of experiences, but I think everyone goes through that.”

 

Holly Schmidt ‘18:

“I don’t have any regrets from this season. I think I gave it my all and I’m so proud of how well we did.”

 

Laney Hershiser ‘18:

“I regret taking practices and early morning weights over the summer for granted. There’s such a short time for high school volleyball and you don’t realize how fast it goes by until the season is over, but I’m glad we could extend the season for another week for state.”

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