Lady Woodmen prepare for volleyball Sectionals

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This volleyball season has been one for the history books.

After a winning match against Franklin for the first time in 10 years, the team has a promising outlook for their Sectional matches.

“The expectation for Sectionals is to take it step by step and get past the first round, which is something we have yet to accomplish,” junior Mya Ayro, outside hitter, said.

The team is yet to find out who they will compete against in the first round of Sectionals, though.

“I believe we have a good chance of going far in Sectionals. I’m very excited to see who we get first,” sophomore Brooklyn Bell, middle hitter, said.

Tensions were high throughout the Franklin game, but so was the team’s confidence.

“Going into the Franklin game, I knew they had lost a lot of big stars from last year, so I knew we had a good chance of beating them,” Bell said.

Some players experienced a familiar feeling going into the Franklin game this year that they have seen before.

“I remember going into the Franklin game this year with the same attitude that had been in place since freshmen year, I was confident that we could beat them,” senior Jenna Armstrong, outside hitter and defensive specialist, said.

Even before the big win, the team had a good feeling about their season before it even started.

“My expectations going into the season were high because we had a great lineup of talented players,” Ayro said.

There were a lot of sudden changes, however, but that did not stop the team from having an impressive season so far.

“We’ve had many lineup changes, and we are working on our connections with each other. We did lose our setter in the Franklin match, and that changed everything,” Ayro said.

The team’s setter, junior Ella Dean, dislocated her elbow during the Franklin game, taking her out for the season.

“The Franklin game was filled with emotions, especially after we lost our setter, Ella. I rarely ever cry, but at the end of the game, I teared up because I was so proud of our team. I was also so proud and thankful for Ella who played her heart out and continued to support our team even as she was rushed to the hospital,” Armstrong said.

The season is far from over, and there are still some tough matches to come.

“Our toughest upcoming match will probably be the Perry game. Perry is always competitive, and we usually have close sets with one another, so it always ends up being a fun match to play,” Armstrong said.

The girls play a 3-way tomorrow against Benton Central and Rossville at home.