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Volleyball Winds Down Season


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As her team’s overall record fell to 3-13, one can assume that it has not been the type of season, up to this point, that West Geauga Wolverines head volleyball coach, Ms. Amber Baker, had hoped for. While the Wolverines’ roster is filled with several upperclassmen, many moved into the varsity levels of the rugged Chagrin Valley Conference for the first time this season.

The team core, comprised of a group of 5 seniors, sports a good mix of leadership abilities. Ellie Jadrych, Sydney Palivec, Carla Cavasinni, Jill Jevnikar and Cameron Zimmerman are the seniors on varsity. The eleventh graders are Emily Donato, Riley Elliott, McKenna Clayman, Michele Trexler, Paige Miller and Anna Jadrych. Coach Baker also brought up a sophomore to help out the team in Sarah Koach.

“The girls are working very hard this season,” Baker said. “It’s been a rough go, though, because, like in all sports, injuries can become a big part of the equation.” Baker explained that  the team started out missing three girls who rolled their ankles before the season even started. They missed time and are just recently getting back into the fold again.

The team showed signs of being back on the road to CVC respectability versus the Geneva Eagles. “One of the things we wanted to do, with five solid seniors and a good core of juniors as well,” Baker said, “was to try to hang in there with teams like Geneva, Beachwood and Wickliffe in the CVC. They’re all tough and have solid traditions behind them.” The injuries have derailed those efforts a lot coach Baker told Chesterland News.

West Geauga is filled with scrappiness, but with Riley Elliot as the only size “enforcer” on the floor, they can be outmanned heavily. Sydney Palivec can play at the nets as well as anyone, and Paige Miller is a human dynamo all over the floor. “Even though we’re having a tough time right now,” Baker said, “the girls are working hard, get along well with each other, and care about what they are doing.”

One of Coach Baker’s goals was to meet the .500 mark for the season. Despite the fact that they will not meet that goal this season, as Baker had hoped, “We’d still like to finish at or near the .500 mark if we can; it’s not it’s not impossible but [it] will take a lot of work. We’ll just regroup and keep on trying.”

Junior Riley Elliott said, “Towards the end of the season we really started to come together and work as a team, especially with all the injuries we had this season.”