The Gregory School volleyball team went to the state tournament for the second time in school history.
The team had a record of 14-3 and was ranked 5th place in Division V before heading to the state tournaments. Both this year and last year the team lost in the first round of states.
The team lost to the 12th seed Valley Lutheran. The final score was 1-3, an improvement from last year’s 0-3.
Coach Angela Vande Mheen says, “I have seen us play so well that it seems like no one could beat us but I’ve also seen us be physically there for a game but mentally nowhere to be seen.”
The team’s record of 14-3 speaks for how well they played in the season. The coach was confident in her players, but she felt that they needed to be better mentally to be prepared for games.
Vande Mheen thought of different drills to prepare for the unique skills of different teams, and often times this has helped reduce the surprise factor that may knock the team off its feet.
“I have seen us play so well that it seems like no one could beat us but I’ve also seen us be physically there for a game but mentally nowehere to be seen.”
— Angela Vande Mheen, Volleyball Coach
Junior Janessa Leon Guerrero is the starting setter and a leader on and off the the court according to the coach. Leon Guerrero says, “The environment that we create as a team is comfortable for all the girls so much so that we have nothing but a good time. When it gets down to focusing and preparing for an upcoming game, we work our butts off.”
Leon Guerrero along with the co-captains Alyssa Metcalf and Triana Johnston show strong leadership in practices to help other players feel comfortable with their teammates. However, their leadership is shown both on and off the court according to Vande Mheen.
Athletic Director Vic Acuna felt going to states and losing was a character building experience.
Acuna says, “They worked really hard all year, but had a very disappointing loss. I think it was a good loss in terms of they will have something to get better from and understand what it will be like next year.”
The team was able to make it to states, against all expectations. They lost the first round instead of going further like the team hoped.
However, they accomplished so much and proved people who felt this was going to be a rebuilding year wrong.
The stong bond of the team and solid leadership from both the coaches and the captains made for a very sucessful year.
From the captains:
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