Lady Cards Finally Play at Home
After 13 games on the road, the Lady Cards finally played their first home game on Sept. 15 against McCool Junction. Although the Lady Cards lost, two of the three sets were close: 16-25, 21-25, and 24-26.
“I’m just glad we finally got to play our first home game since all of our games have been away. These girls practice here everyday, so I’m excited to see them play and I know they will do their best,” said Head Coach Gale Bly.
During the game, junior Cheyenne Gabriel had 13 digs. Junior Taylor Braun had three kills, while freshman Lillian Smith had two ace serves.
Many of the players were excited to be back on the court after a long summer. While it may be playing with friends or the thought of getting better as a team that gets them pumped, highlights can surely be seen.
“The girls have played very hard and they have definitely improved," said Bly.
Several of the girls looked forward to working and playing hard, getting better, and seeing what their abilities could do to help the team grow. This year, there were three new freshmen joining the varsity team: Hannah Harms, Raeha Jensen, and Lillian Smith.
“I am enjoying my first year of volleyball a lot, but there are some times when I struggle,” said middle hitter Hannah Harms.
During this high school volleyball season, some changes have been made. The Lady Cards not only have a different head coach (Bly), but they also have a new assistant coach, Ms. Alyssa Pelotte. This year, the team only has one senior, Aimee Whetstine-Jones. For junior Jasmine Gonzalez, things have changed a bit since her previous years.
“This year is serious since I’m getting older and I’m almost a senior. Attitude is something that I take more seriously. When I was a freshman I didn’t care as much, but now I do,” said Gonzalez.
“I’m super excited but very sad that this is my last year. I hope that we play very well this year, ” said Jones, team captain and setter.
When it comes to preparing for games, the team has focused on serve receive. In addition, the team practiced passing, serving, focusing, and running through drills to help them during sticky situations.
“They need to serve receive better. If they do that, then we’ll get better as a team,” said Bly.
The Lady Cards have realized some of their weaknesses on the court, which include, a lack of communication, attitudes, passing, and serve receive.
Not only do the girls recognize some weaknesses, but they have been able to identify some strengths as well. Many of the Lady Cards believe that they have good hitters and setters, as well as good chemistry as a team.
“Some strengths that we have as a team are getting along with each other, working together, and lifting each other up,” said Harms.