Warriorettes volleyball season ends with sectional runner-up finish

With the Warriorettes volleyball season coming to a close after they placed runner up at sectionals, veterans and new players use their experiences to push forward for next year, working harder in the off-season and bonding further together as a team. Throughout the season the girls have learned to appreciate the other.

“We definitely became a family and had bonds like no other,” Audrey LaMaster (12) said.

Players could come together as a group and talk to each other without judgement, she said.

Mattie Busick (11) felt the group had “tremendously” grew together during the course of the fall season.

“We had countless pool parties, sleepovers, and went out to eat as much as possible,” Busick said. 

The varsity girls volleyball team pose with Coach DJ Zipp after he marked his 300th coaching career victory on Sept. 24. The team beat Charlestown in straight set victory. (Photo by Grace Routt)

Busick said the team seemed skeptical on whether they would have a season. During this fall, the team made sure to not take the time together for granted.

Senior veterans had time to prepare the junior class for 2021, teaching about patience, determination, and how to use their experiences to their advantage.

The juniors learned some of those lessons after losing against the Silver Creek Dragon’s during the October sectionals. Silver Creek will play in the semi-state game on Saturday against Brebeuf. Although the team has a 21-12 winning streak, the loss hit the team hard.

“Our saddest loss of the season would definitely be against [Silver Creek] in the sectional championship,” Busick said.

As a senior captain, LaMaster took this loss as a teaching moment instead of a complete defeat.

“We can take this experience and use this to rise to become the winner of the sectionals; the team will use this as a learning opportunity,” LaMaster said.

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