New Year’s, New Teams

By Gracie Bacon

It is almost that time of year again where the thought of a new year excites us all. With New Year’s almost around the corner, the aspiration of conducting a new resolution for ourselves to “follow” is an enjoyable tradition. New Year’s can mean multiple things for numerous people. For me, New Year’s means new chances, new changes, and of course new teams. With this being my first year playing varsity came new faces and new talent. Not all of the faces of my teammates were new to me though. Throughout the last four years, I have played with these girls through school volleyball, club volleyball, and summer volleyball.

Within last year’s volleyball team and this year’s volleyball team the stats have changed from 17-10 to 13-14. Even though the stats went down, the relationships made a better and stronger team. Through every new challenge comes a new person prepared to help you succeed and push you towards your highest potential.

Each new season starts off something great. In volleyball, we had eight new players excited to play some varsity ball leading to a road towards a bigger challenge. The six returning varsity players not only pushed all of us to do higher quality work, but also mentored us throughout the season. Their patience and understanding made it possible for us new girls to focus on the main goal and allowed us to make a stronger bond then we thought could occur.

 

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Lady Tigers Dig to State

By Kinzi Kaiser

The SHS volleyball team ended with 13 wins and 14 losses for this season. The Tigers finished at state in the top 12.

The team made it to state by winning against Vanguard and Middle Park at regionals on November 6. At state, the team lost to both University and Manitou Springs.

“Our team obviously grew during the season. Our team was very young this year, so we started with little experience. Others did not have high expectations of us for this season, but we grew strong enough to finish it at state,” said Head Coach Lisa Schumacher.

“The season was definitely tough. The best part about this season for me was being able to end my senior year with the girls it all started with. We didn’t have the height but we had the spirit,” said senior Josie Blagg.

Varsity players for the 2015 season were seniors Josie Blagg, Sierra Fleharty, Tayler Shino and Khalie Tidemann. Juniors were Kylie Chavez and Jessica Holloway. Sophomores were Kyndall Feather, Lauryn Luft, Peyton Huss, Kinzie Davis, Gracie Bacon and Kirstyn Fritzler. Freshmen were Sadie Holloway and Trennary Cartwright.

For kills this season, Chavez (229), Feather (118), Luft (113), Blagg (73), Tidemann (71), Davis (69), Shino (21), Fritzler (7), Cartwright (5), Bacon (2) and Fleharty (1).

Serving aces for the season were Feather (73), Tidemann (29), Fleharty (27), Blagg (26), Chavez (23), Luft (14), Shino (13), J. Holloway (2), Davis (2) and S. Holloway (1).

Total blocks for the season were Luft (74), Chavez (42), Tidemann (42), Blagg (40), Davis (30), Feather (29) and Shino (8).

Digs for the season were Shino (341), Feather (338), Fleharty (306), Chavez (281), Blagg (183), Tidemann (82), Luft (64), J. Holloway (57), Davis (30), S. Holloway (11), Fritzler (5) and Cartwright (3).

Assists for the season were Feather (383), J. Holloway (66), Chavez (59), Blagg (22), Luft (11), Davis (9) and Tidemann (3).

Serving received successes for the season were Shino (360), Fleharty (323), Blagg (247), Chavez (195), Feather (171), Tidemann (26), S. Holloway (26), J. Holloway (19), Davis (11), Luft (9), Fritzler (2), and Bacon (1).

“This year was good, and I feel like everyone did their best and gave it their all to accomplish what we did. We had ups and downs, but we were always a team. Anything we did this season we did as a team; all the wins were won together, and we fought together through all the losses. I’m proud of how well we did this year and all we accomplished,” said Chavez.

“I think we really have come far from where we started. We were young and have really stepped it up since the beginning of the season. I can’t wait to see how far we can go in the future,” said J. Holloway.

 

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Coach Schumacher encourages the girls during a timeout.