With the volleyball season winding down, the athletes that made it all the way to the State Semi-Final championship are feeling proud with a season of
With the volleyball season winding down, the athletes that made it all the way to the State Semi-Final championship are feeling proud with a season of twenty-three wins to six losses.
At the start of the season, the team started off with disadvantages, as six seniors graduated last year, leaving only two seniors on the team. “Everyone was saying it was a rebuilding year,” junior Jordan Reid said. “We had to regroup and build the chemistry back that we had the previous years.” Senior Kamryn Buza agreed, and said, “We had a lot of new people on our team, but I think we meshed really well together and learned how to play with each other. We were all friends, and it wasn’t hard [to play together on the team].”
One of these new people was freshman Jessica Cleveland. She called the experience of being a freshman on the varsity team “nerve wracking.” She said, “The first game, I was so scared to get on the court because I thought maybe I would let the team down; I didn’t want to be the freshman to let them down. Being on the varsity team, I feel like that’s a big deal, so to be able to show people that I could actually do it, [I thought] that’d be a good thing.” However, she also said, “I think toward when we made it past districts, I was really confident in myself.”
Cleveland was also especially proud that the team made it to the State Semi-Final Championships—the farthest the Millbrook volleyball team has ever gone—when she was only a freshman. “I know I have three more years to [get to State-Semi Final Championships] and get further,” she said, looking toward the future; though she also said she’d hoped that the team would make it to states this year and win. “It was pretty crazy,” Reid said of the experience. “It was an extra boost of confidence knowing that we were supposed to be a rebuilding group and we ended up going far.” Buza called the season “really great” and said, “We played so well together, better than I think we ever have before.”
Looking toward the next season, Cleveland is hoping she will be able to show more leadership on the team. “I know that I need to work on my leadership,” she said, “because I was really quiet on the court, and I know [junior] Abigail Koeller really helped me in becoming who I am when it comes to leadership.” Similarly, Reid said that being an upperclassmen has already given her a taste of leadership on the team, particularly in how she wanted to be someone that “someone could look up to” for the freshmen setters on the team. “I’m hoping my leadership comes out next year,” she said, and added, “I’m sure it’ll hit me during workouts in the spring.”
With Kamryn Buza being one of the two seniors–along with Alexis Weir–who will be graduating from the team this year, she had some advice for the team that she will soon be leaving behind. “I would want to make sure that they balance their school and sports really well,” she said. “Sometimes it gets hard, and that’s just one of the things you need to focus on.” Overall, she said that she occasionally struggled with this herself. “Sometimes, when I have had a lot to do,” she said, “but most of the time I’ve gotten everything done that I needed to do.”