Volleyball takes second in conference
November 17, 2015
After a difficult season last year, Varsity volleyball has made a complete turn around to finish second in conference at the end of the 2015 season. This year originally started out to be a building season but by the end they were a top ranked team. The supportive and family like atmosphere helped carry the team to victory.
The team started off the season ranked 41st. Throughout the season they worked hard and came together as a team. By the end of the season they were ranked as high as 15th in class 3A.
“It went better than I thought it was going to be we kind of started out a little slow, not connecting not working hard, and we didn’t have much confidence because we were a new team,” junior Klein Johnson said.
The pony volleyball squad lead by captains Briana Momchilovich, Olivia Welsch, Megan De Saint Aubin, Carrie Brevitz used four keywords to guide the team. These words were fundamentals, aggression, positivity and hard work.
“We focused towards those goals when something went wrong during the game. We went back to what was going wrong and fixed it,” Johnson stated.
The girls on this team have something unique that sets them apart from other teams. They are more than just a team they are a family. This attitude caused the team to work together and play to the best of their abilities.
“We got to know each other. There were not many cliques on the team. We could go up and just start talking to anyone on the team and feel comfortable around them. I think that helped a lot, just trusting everyone on the team and we were all one family,” Johnson said.
The Varsity team was a fairly large with 15 girls, eight seniors and seven underclassmen. Even with the great amount of girls, they supported each other and made sure each girl was included and felt important.
“For several of the girls, playing time was tough, but they made the team better so it’s good thing to have them,” coach Pat Tynen said.
The coaches put in a lot of effort to make to make sure this season went the best that it could. They picked out the best line up, arranging the girls so they flowed together. They also came in early to work on positional adjustments with every girl.
“Each girl is vital to the team. Everyone is important,” coach Kitty Tynen said.
The last game they played was against Roseville. Head coach Bob Fisher said they were Stillwater’s most challenging team. They had previously played Roseville and lost. The team watched game film and prepared as much as possible.
“We kind of fell apart the first set and the second that we were up by a lot and then we just fell apart and that kind of trickle down into the third set,” Johnson said. “We were all disappointed, but there’s always next year.”