Girls' volleyball is ready to 'get over the hump'

By Miranda Holloway
Sports Editor
The varsity girls’ volleyball team files into the hot, humid Field House every day after school and on Saturday mornings to practice their drills and condition for games. They do this because they are on a mission to improve their results in the Mid Suburban League, and they are going to work to achieve their goals.
After placing second and third in the MSL East for the past few years, coach Mike Riedy decided that this is their year.
“We [seem to] end up finishing in second and third. This is our year to get over the hump,” Riedy said.  

A member of the girls' volleyball squad bumps the ball in a practice. (Photo by Ian Munguson)
A member of the girls’ volleyball squad bumps the ball in a practice. (Photo by Ian Munguson)

The girls first two games were loses against two of the Daily Herald’s top twenty teams in the area: Hersey and Fremd. To be able to stay competitive with the other teams, Riedy said that they are going to try hard work together because of all the new personal, and their ultimate goal is to stay competitive in the MSL.
The team lost seven graduating seniors: Maureen O’Keefe, Andrea Wherle, Rachel Hunt, Abby Homuth, Jordan Bruce, Lindsey Pickle and Taylor Gallus.
The team has replaced these players by bringing up juniors Allie Likes, Sage Rebecca, Shea Gallus and sophomore Annie Geweniger.
Geweniger,  the only sophomore on the squad, has taken the spot of libero, or specialized defensive player, which was previously held by Maureen O’Keefe.
Riedy said that frequent conference leader Hersey would be their biggest competition this season due to the return of a sophomore, four seniors and two juniors who are all high scoring powerhouses.