Even after rough start Volleyball girls stay positive

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Even after rough start Volleyball girls stay positive

The girls huddle at a home match on Pinkout Night. October is breast cancer awareness month.

The girls huddle at a home match on Pinkout Night. October is breast cancer awareness month.

Ella Boozer

The girls huddle at a home match on Pinkout Night. October is breast cancer awareness month.

Ella Boozer

Ella Boozer

The girls huddle at a home match on Pinkout Night. October is breast cancer awareness month.

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Trust the process. The volleyball team was off to a rough start, but it could just be growing pains. Their current record is 5-15. Not exactly where they would like to be, but they won’t settle for less, and look to keep improving.
“This season has been tough. We are definitely experiencing some growing pains. It is tough because we are a really young team and somewhat lack experience. I really like coach Hart though. She is helping us stay positive and competing,” junior Bella Tauai said.
The atmosphere is more positive and open than the previous season.
“I really like Coach Hart’s approach to things. It is a lot more fun and we keep improving. She stays more positive and encourages us,” senior Katie Boline said.
Losing a very talented group of seniors has proven to be a difficult adjustment for the girls.
“At the beginning of the season, I told the girls that it was going to be really hard to replace a Division I caliber athlete in the back row,” Hart said. “We are going to have to be measuring our success on something other than our record.”
The girls look forward to improvement and have fun while doing so.
“Just because our record isn’t where we want it to be, doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. Coach Hart has helped us mentally stay more positive and play with grit and heart no matter what,” sophomore Ellie Stearns said.
Most recently the Jags played Andover. Andover is a very skilled team that has girls that can really put the ball down.
“We weren’t scared. We knew they were good so we just came in that game with a ‘nothing to lose’ mentality,” Boline said. “Even though we lost, there were some flashes of greatness.”
The Jags lost the first set 8-25 and put up a very close second contest losing 22-25. With the season still in full force, it is only up from here for the girls.
The girls started off the season in Valley Center, losing 2-0. Then moved on to an inter-city matchup in Heights, winning 2-0. Hutchinson hosted a tournament that was tough for the girls, they lost all six of the games they played. The second and third win of the season was against Rose Hill in the Ark City invitational, winning 2-1 and winning against Belle Plaine 2-1. Also picking up two more wins in the tournament against Mulvane and Winfield. The girls next win was 8 games after the win against Winfield. Winning against Heights 2-0.

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