Unity Over Everything

Volleyball Brings Home First – Ever Conference Crown


“Unity over everything!” The Lady Wolverines volleyball team lived by that motto all year and one could attribute that to their very successful, record breaking season. Led by Head Coach Ms. Amber Baker, in her 6th year at the helm, alongside assistant coaches Ms. Kelsey Gaetjens and Ms. Erin Gray, the 2020 team won the CVC championship. 

Coach Baker spoke to the contribution every single player on the team made and how each and every player came together to achieve one common goal in winning the CVC and having a banner raised in the gym for the first time.  They ultimately completed this task by, “…playing with great chemistry and using [team] speed.” Their high tempo offense, along with the chemistry of every girl on the floor, proved to be too much for most teams that stepped onto the court with them.

Another key contribution to the ladies’ success this season came from the senior example provided by Brooke Henriksen, Carleen Stilliana, Erin Piczer, and Lauren Lance. They were leaders all season, as they helped push everyone on the floor to be great and get the most out of every single teammate. Their goal of winning the CVC couldn’t have been accomplished without the assistance of all their teammates, though. Coach Baker spoke to how, “…every girl on this team has been a contributor. We have played as one, and that is why we have been so successful.” 

Sporting a 9-6 record in 2019, the Lady Wolverines did what nobody thought was possible and came out of their conference with an 11-1 record and the CVC championship. Even with limited time to prepare due to the Covid pandemic, the Wolverines overcame adversity and trusted in each other.  

Reflecting on the season, Coach Baker is most proud of her team’s work ethic, discipline, and attitude as they were unmatched.  The season ended with the team finishing with a 12-2 record, ultimately losing in the 2nd round of the post-season. 

Senior Carleen Stilliana was, “…really happy with the way we went out this season. It meant a lot to me to make school history the first year that I was able to play a full season at West Geauga due to the OHSAA transfer rules. This season will always be special for the girls [who]were part of this, as they will go down in the record books as one of the best volleyball teams to ever step foot on the court at West Geauga.”

Coach Baker echoed those sentiments by saying, “I am beyond proud of the team. They overcame obstacles to win the CVC Chagrin Division, which had never been done at West G.”