Volleyball: Lady Eagles end as Sectional Champs
Rachel Maas, Jr. Staff Writer
November 4, 2011
Filed under Sports
“The season was good, and our defense was strong. We can be proud of that,” stated both Taylor Greathouse and Kaitlyn Evans, co-captains of the Hubbard Lady Eagles Volleyball team. The girls finished out their year with twelve wins and nine losses–a record strong enough to gain them the sectional title and third place in the district. However, the path to these victories was less than easy. “Five strong seniors left, and we spent a year making up for that,” explained Evans. “Also, our players this year were shorter than usual,” stated Greathouse. “It’s tough to compete against 6’2″ hitters.” Both captains acknowledged their size as a definite weakness.
Despite these challenges the girls have continued to prove themselves on the court all season long. A strong sense of teamwork has been essential to their success. “As a team, we all get along really well. We have one goal in common, to win. We find it to be our strongest weapon and biggest strength,” the seniors noted. This incredible focus showed through in a recent game against Canfield on the 29th. Going into the game, Canfield had an undefeated record of 16-0. They had already beat the Lady Eagles once during the season, and they were ranked high in the state. The girls didn’t let this position discourage them though. “We had decided to give it our all,” commented junior hitter Maris Sarisky. As a result, Hubbard came out on top with a strong win at home. “That game was our toughest challenge,” exclaimed both captains. “Undoubtedly, our easiest win was Niles,” the seniors concluded.
The Lady Eagles also hosted the Hubbard Classic tournament where they came out on top with a strong win at home. Coach Montgomery, who is leaving the team this year, saw them accomplish much. “He’s a great coach, and we hate to lose him,” Taylor remarked. However, both captains are moving on as well. They’d like to leave their team wishing them future success and good luck. Their October 11th Senior Night was one both will remember, as we will remember all our Lady Eagles, and be back to watch them again next season.