Girls volleyball sends off strong senior class

Sophia McCandlish and Jake Kaufman

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The girls volleyball team’s season ended earlier than they hoped with a loss to Glenbrook North on Oct. 29. The team finished with a record of 15-19. 

The team suffered major losses within the CSL conference, one of those losses being to GBN in regionals. Three out of the four times that Evanston played GBN resulted in losses. Some of the hardships came from a strange team dynamic. 

“This season was really tough because we had a ton of skilled players on the team, but it wasn’t coming together during games for us,” senior Rileigh Farragher said. 

This season, the team was split evenly at six juniors and six seniors.

“They are very supportive of each other and they are very motivated and determined girls in all areas of their lives,” head coach Elizabeth Brieva said. “I like that they, even if they’re not friends with each other outside of volleyball, they came together on the court.” 

One of the main strengths that the team was able to show was the ability for players to play in different and unfamiliar positions.  

“Some people had to play brand new positions and everyone played well individually this year, we just couldn’t win the close games,” Farragher explained.

Because the team was individually strong, it took some time for them to gel together throughout the season. 

“The chemistry is getting stronger over the course of the season.” Brieva said. “I just think that when we are winning and we make good plays, then that builds on our momentum and then we can’t stop our momentum.” 

The Kits didn’t end their season the way they had wanted, but Coach Brieva recognizes the energy of the seniors. 

“Honestly [I’ll miss] how motivated they are. They love volleyball,” Brieva explained.