by Adam Pfeiffer ‘20
The girls volleyball team has gotten off to a hot start, with a 5-1 record, the only blemish coming in a hard fought 5 set loss against Wootton on September 11, the second game of the season. Ever since, the Warriors have dominated, not losing a set over their next 5 games, heading into the annual “Dig Pink” game on October 3, against Paint Branch. The Warriors extended their dominance, flexing their muscles in a 3-0 win.
After the Wootton loss, the Warriors had to regroup, refocus, and rededicate themselves to the expectation that they will bring energy and passion everyday. This is essential to improvement, as tremendous matchups against Magruder (October 10), Northwest (October 21), and Damascus (October 24) loom.
Senior Anna Roberts is very much aware of the upcoming challenges, and how important they are, and is intent on making sure the rest of the team knows as well. “I will best prepare the team by motivating them, and playing my hardest everyday,” said Roberts.
The momentum the Warriors have built has carried over, and confidence is brimming. Much of this confidence is a fusion of senior talent and leadership with young, upcoming potential. Sophomores Sophia Kluska and Gwen Eustace are prime examples of budding stars who have contributed greatly to the Warriors’ recent success. According to Roberts, these players have improved tremendously over the last year, specifically raising their mental toughness, awareness, and overall volleyball IQ.
This year’s team is tight-knit, and everyone knows their part on the team, and is more than willing to sacrifice individual stardom for team success. If players continue to buy in and work hard, the potential for this team is limitless. “Everyone on the team has contributed equally, [and] every person encourages each other to get better every day,” said Roberts.