Volleyball digs out wins, commits to change off-court

The girls volleyball team has had a few disappointing seasons in a row, finishing last year with a record below .500. This year, they hope to make a comeback by focusing on passing and setting as well as their drive to create a more accepting team that reflects the make-up of our school.

As of Sept. 12, girls volleyball has garnered a record of 5-8. They attribute their wins to mental determination. 

“There was a moment in the second set of our match against Vernon Hills and we were down by six points close to the end and our mindset shifted from negative to positive. When that happened, the momentum shifted and we pushed through to the end of the game and ended up winning the match.” Said Coach Elizabeth Brieva. “The players were so determined!”

Team captains Jenna Harrison and Maeve Dillion echo Coach Brieva. 

“This team, we know how to come back from mistakes, we’re resilient.”

Harrison, Dillion and fellow captain Kate Schepke are leading an experienced team this year with most girls having at least five years of playing under their belts. The team uses this experience to help train the younger girls and create a sense of unity across the program. The captains feel that the variety of skills and personalities will help the team pick each other up and continue to model the community they are hoping to demonstrate as captains this year. The future looks very bright for these young Wildkits.

In terms of what girls volleyball can look forward to in the future, the team plans to host their second annual BLM night on September 28th against New Trier at home. Then, they will make posters to decorate the gym, and share information about how to support Black and Brown Lives in an effort to promote equity and diversity within the volleyball community.