Thirsty For The Win

Varsity volleyball out for blood

Shelby Hansen

After a two-week quarantine due to COVID-19 contact, the varsity volleyball team won 8-5 against Arlington Heights on Nov. 3, raising their undefeated season record to 7-0. This win, along with their undefeated record, will secure them a spot in the playoffs.  

During the quarantine, volleyball coach Emilee Crawford sent the team daily workouts to keep them in shape at home. Missing time to work on reps as a team was difficult, especially as they try to work to playoffs. Nevertheless, they got right back on their game and narrowly won their first game after the quarantine was over.  

“The first game back from quarantine is something I’m very proud of,” sophomore Mercy Williams-Tshienda said. “Our main focus was to complete our goals we had for the season after quarantine, and we knew we had to be 100% more focused after quarantine.”  

During the game’s warmup, senior Kaley Brubaker tore her ACL, MCL and both her medial and lateral meniscus. Because of this injury, she will be out for 9 months, which ends her high school volleyball career. 

“Prior to my injury, my goal was to be all district setter,” Brubaker said. “However, now my goal is to be the best teammate I can from the sideline. I will cheer, encourage and uplift my girls as much as possible. All of our girls really stepped up [during the Arlington Heights game] and worked hard to pull out a win. The energy, the intensity and the fight were all on point and it showed.” 

Even though quarantine and injuries have caused setbacks in the team dynamic, the girls still sport an undefeated record, despite some of them playing positions they have never played before. Their future consists of going to playoffs for the first time since 2013.  

“The team’s bond has been very strong all season,” senior Abigail Godwin said. “We were eager to get back in the gym and ready to play and continue to be undefeated. [The Arlington Heights game] was a very tough game, but we came out and played with our heart and grit. Now, the future is playoffs!”