Despite the many challenges the Girls Volleyball team has faced this year due to COVID-19, the team finished 8-2 in their conference, 9-3 overall, while qualifying for districts as an 11th seed. They eventually beat a 6 seed and ended their season with a loss against a 3 seed, Council Rock North.
The best game of their season was when they won against Boyertown, their conference rival, on their home court. Making this win even more special was that this was the first of their games the players’ families were able to attend.
“Boyertown has always been a tough competitor for us but we went out that game and left everything on the court and it paid off,” Coach Jessica Highley said. This was also mentioned by senior volleyball players Isabel Clauhs, Abby Souder, and Ella Beckman.
The girls faced a lot of struggles due to the COVID-19 restrictions. They had some issues with their summer practices due to COVID protocol which caused them to fall behind most of the other teams. Eventually, the team was able to practice inside but because of social distancing restrictions, fans were not allowed in the stands for many of the games.
“This season the number of fans allowed to attend were limited and the size of our team downsized due to COVID-19 restrictions,” Isabel Clauhs said.
Many of the players said that the part of the season they missed the most was all of the team bonding experiences; COVID restrictions made it impossible for the players to do all of their normal bonding activities that they have done in the previous seasons.
“We also were restricted on many of our usual team bonding activities such as fundraising, pasta parties, and even intermixing between JV and Varsity so we had to find new ways to bond as a team,” Abby Souder, a senior volleyball player, said.
With some restrictions, the team was still able to have a season.
“It was also hard because we were unable to have fans up until our senior night, which really did change the energy in the gym,” senior, Ella Beckman, said.
The team ended the season with a 9-3 record.
Photo: Lily Ternak