By Katlyn Marotz, Senior Managing News Editor & Sports Editor
The Indian Trail girls varsity volleyball team has been putting up tough matches with an overall record of 12-10. On Sept. 28 the Hawks won 3-1 against the Bradford girls varsity volleyball team, creating a 3-2 Southeast Conference record.
Senior outside hitter and captain, Avery Longrie said she’s been enjoying her season and loving making memorable moments with her teammates and best friends. In her eyes, their biggest strength as a team is their closeness and strong bonds.
“I think it definitely shows on the court how much we love playing with each other,” Longrie said. “Our biggest weakness is that a lot of girls are playing new positions so they have been getting used to that, but they have done a great job stepping up for the team.”
Longrie has received NCAA offers, but she said she wanted to focus on furthering her education, and pursue mechanical engineering in college.
“The biggest struggle with playing in a pandemic is definitely having to jump and dive with the masks on! It is do-able, but it was definitely difficult to adapt to them and has improved all of our endurance a lot!” she said.
Head coach Ashley Kuehl said that her team had high numbers at tryouts, and extremely excited players in the gym, especially with fans in the stands.
“We hope to win the last two conference matches and seal third in the conference,” said Kuehl. “I think the two teams ahead of us are beatable, so I am very excited to see them all again at the conference tournament.”
The Hawks will face the Racine Horlick Rebels in a Conference meet on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m., at Racine Horlick High School. The Rebels have a 3-13 overall record and a 1-4 SEC record.