Volleyball Bumps up the Success Level in 2016

Lady Wolverines Improve From 2015


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The 2016 West Geauga varsity volleyball team season begins this season under a new coaching staff. Leading the team this season is former JV coach Ms. Amber Baker. Returning to pace the JV squad this year is former 9th grade coach Mrs. Stephanie Rowen and new to the staff this year is long – term substitute (working in the special education department), Mrs. Val Schmotzer. About the season, for an immediate goal Coach Baker commented, “I wanted them to have a better record than in previous seasons.”

Believe in yourself and your teammates is the motto for the Lady Wolverines. Senior Lindsey Stanforth said, “We play together as sisters, and I wouldn’t want to play with any other team my senior year.” The volleyball program started in late April last school year training for this season. Some of the players train off – season with JO (junior Olympic) teams, too. Many of the athletes also play multiple sports for the school, working to improve their all – around “games.” Coach Baker wants the team to improve after every practice and game.

The team has seven seniors this year. They include Nikki Insana, Grace Prexta, Julia Patete, Sarah Rowen, Kellie Cassese, Lexi Spies and Stanforth. The team also has seven returning letter winners from 2015. Last year, the varsity team only won two matches, despite all their hard work and best efforts. To date, this season, the team has improved to 5 – 12.

Earlier this season team hosted their home opener versus the Cardinal Huskies. The Lady Wolverines fell short to Cardinal in four sets, but the Wolverines traveled to Kirtland for their second game and improved their record to 1-1 to start the season. Junior Sydney Palivec said, “I think we’ve improved a lot this year and I’m excited to see what we can do next year.”

The varsity team has been very competitive in all of the matches, win or lose. The team needs to remain positive at all times and keep their intensity up if they want to win in the post season and finish the season strongly. Coach Baker explained, “I want the girls to push themselves harder than they ever have to finish strong and to be proud of all they have accomplished this season.