The Northview Titan volleyball team (2-21, 0-7 Region AAAAAA) wrapped up its 2017 campaign earlier this month. The team really struggled this season but is looking forward to the offseason and the hard work that is in store in order to improve.
“We learned a lot this season and a lot of our games were close. We worked really hard on things like effort and working as a team,” senior Piper Chans said.
Chans has played varsity all 4 years, so this is a bittersweet end to her career. When she played as an underclassman, the team performed much better than when she grew into an upperclassman in the program. She had to adjust and try to lift her teammates and the overall level of play.
“What I loved most about the experience was all of the friendships I made and how close I became with all of the teammates I played with,” Chans said.
The team will have to find a way to respond next year, as they lost six seniors that had key roles. The underclassmen will have to step up and lead the undoubtedly much younger roster next year.
“I want these girls to learn from our seniors this year. We had some terrific volleyball players on our squad this year, and the leadership they had shown gives me great confidence that the younger kids will learn and improve,” Head Coach Christopher James said.
The team this year competed in every match, fighting until the very end of every last set. All of the players agreed the high of the season was senior night. After all of the earlier festivities celebrating the class of 2018, the girls seemed to come out slow and got down early two sets to zero. The girls never gave up though, rallying and winning 3-2, prompting the students in attendance to storm the court after the match. Although the record may not show, this team fought and stayed strong against some of the better competition in the region all season long.
The younger girls are looking towards the offseason, setting goals to improve their games and stay in shape.
“I’m really looking forward to the offseason, and knowing that I will be one of the leaders on the team next year gives me extra motivation to improve and reach higher than I have before,” junior Eden Shappell said.
The team is looking to bounce back from a subpar season and pick up the tradition of successful northview volleyball. Building on the leadership from past seniors, there is no ceiling to what this team can accomplish.