Volleyball focuses on games ahead

Chloe Haack, Staff Writer

No regrets.

New head coach Liz Brieva has brought a refreshed mindset to the Evanston girls’ volleyball program.
“No regrets. That’s our motto this year,” Brieva said. “We don’t want to look back with regret. We want to be able to look back and be proud of everything we’ve done.”

While the team has started the season with a 3-7 record, they feel that their best volleyball is still ahead of them. Brieva’s positive and encouraging coaching style has given the team a steadfast mindset, despite having a four game losing streak; three out of the four last losses being shutouts.

“Our season hasn’t started out exactly how we wanted,” senior captain Kat Sehgal said. “But now that conference games are starting, we are definitely feeling more focused and prepared.”

Past seasons haven’t been that successful either. The last time girls’ volleyball ended the season with a winning record was 2011 when then head coach Pam MacPherson led the team to a 26-11 record.

“Based on our previous seasons, the volleyball program doesn’t have much to lose,” Sehgal said. “This mindset reminds us to always give your all no matter what you are doing because it is the only way we are going to be able to rebuild the program.”

The team’s revamp has already boosted their confidence going into the 2018 season. They have yet to play New Trier and Glenbrook North, both of whom are powerhouses in the conference. Their strategy for those games is to keep their energy strong throughout the whole match, which they have had trouble with in the past.

“Sometimes we start off a little sluggish,” senior captain Lucy Hart said. “And it’s just hard to dig out of that hole.”
Their next game is against Maine South at home on Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.