Seven seniors say farewell


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The seniors of the Varsity volleyball team celebrate after a point. The underclassmen gave them so much support from the bench, helping them to remember a great, last home game. “It was really a game and night that I will never forget,” said Russell.

Bittersweet is one of the best descriptions for participating in the final home game of an athlete’s high school career. It is a time to celebrate the countless hours of practice as well as for the seniors to say thanks to their support system.

The seniors are Alex Schlie, Kristy Russell, Olivia Wells, Taylor Evans, Elli Gibson, Emily Hart, and Courtney Cron.

“When they were announcing the seniors’ names at the beginning of the match, it finally hit me that this is really their last year. It feels unreal that it happened,” junior Camila Cardenas said.

The girls Varsity volleyball team was set to play McCauley for their last home game. The game was extremely important to coach Brittney Starkey because the school was her alma mater.

The girls came out strong. All seven seniors were in the starting lineup and they won the first game by five points.

“It really showed the type of team we are and the love we have for each other,” Schlie said.

The team was excited as they moved into the second game.  However, McCauley was not ready to hand the game over, regrouped, and won the next two games.

The team was disheartened, and the underclassmen, as well as the seniors knew that while the game was meant to be fun, losing was not an option. The team came together and talked about minimizing their errors and capitalizing on McCauley’s weaknesses.

The seniors came out even stronger than before and won the next two games, with a close fifth match to fifteen points.

“It was a great way to represent the strength and perseverance and how we have worked for four years through the summer and ups and downs throughout our various seasons together,” Gibson said.

The girls’ last in-season game is Oct. 11 against Wyoming.

“Senior Night was a great way to end our season and head into our post season,” junior Patty Blood said.