Volleyball Team Spikes Their Way Through the Season

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Amy Skarzenski

Volleyball seniors: Ellec Scouten, Maddi Smith, Maddie Soboleski, Haley Ingalls, and Mia Schaller.

Elliott Grucza, Reporter

The GM volleyball team ended their regular season with three tournament wins, a 14-0 record, and the title of Region 6 champs. The team has shown tremendous skill this season, and they hope to continue playing at a high level as they head into the playoffs.

The season kicked off on September 2 with a home game 2-0 win over Altoona. The girls, who at one point, were ranked number one in the state, suffered only two losses all season for an overall record of 15-2. These losses came during neutral tournament matches against Corry and St. Mary’s (New York) on October 7.

It didn’t take pure luck for the amazing season to take place. A season like this requires a lot of hard work and there are usually improvements made both individually and as a team.
“We had a great start this season, and we [bonded] together better as a team,” stated Maddie Soboleski, varsity captain and middle hitter. Senior right setter Haley Ingalls agreed, stating, “We’re always working to get better.”

While a win is a win, some games are more important to others as they help build momentum to continue winning. For Ingalls this game came when the team beat Fort LeBoeuf. This rivalry game was held early in the season with both teams trying their best. The Lady Lancers pulled out a 3-0 victory.

Soboleski and senior libero Madi Smith both agreed that Villa was their favorite match. They hung on to beat Villa in four sets with a score of 3-1 in what might have been their most impressive match all season.

On October 18 the girls celebrated their senior night with a non-region victory at home over Cochranton. “Senior night was emotional for all of us. It was hard realizing that our last volleyball season was coming to an end. However the juniors, Sierra Seneta, Hanna Pfeiffer, and Kendyl McKissock made the night really special for us and our families with all the hard work that they put in,” stated senior and outside hitter Mia Schaller.

The next challenge for the team will be in the D10 tournament where they will play Slippery Rock on October 28. The girls have had great support from the Red Sea all season and hope that everyone comes out to support them in the playoffs. “As long as we come out and play our game and work as a team we should be fine,” stated Schaller.