Volleyball beats Kennedy in three sets

Team picks up first conference win of season


Ava Ashby

Freshman Amara Schroeder sets the ball to be hit Oct. 11. Park won 3-0 against Bloomington Kennedy.

Having defeated Bloomington Kennedy in every match for the past two seasons, volleyball head coach Sam Hanlon said the team was dialed in to continue the win streak when the teams faced off Oct. 11.

“We make sure we’re prepared for our game — we make sure we’re prepared to do what we need to do to win,” Hanlon said.

Park was able to continue its dominance against Bloomington Kennedy largely due to the confidence the team exuded during the match, junior Sophia Nagorski said.

“We definitely went into the game super confident. In our warm up, we were hitting hard and swinging hard with the knowledge that they also have not won any in-conference games this season,” Nagorski said. “We came out strong, happy and excited, and I think that really led us to the win.”

Junior Maecee Alexander said, as well as confidence, energy was a key component that led to the win.

“Our energy and drive to win were high tonight, because we wanted a win that we really deserved,” Alexander said.

With four matches this week, Nagorski said although the team is busy with things outside of volleyball, it is trying to stay in the game and prepare for the matches to come.

“We do have a lot of matches this week and it can be very intimidating. We are all (also) taking advanced classes, so we’re dealing with homework on top of that,” Nagorski said. “We’re trying to stay engaged and stay in the game as much as we can.”

Hanlon said the busy schedule can make it difficult to know where to focus attention in practices, however, she said the team should be prepared for whatever comes its way.

“Going into matches, we need to build our endurance up to keep going with all of the long games that we’ve had,” Hanlon said. “We also know that we have to work on some things that, in previous games, we’ve seen haven’t worked as well. We make sure we get as prepared as we can so that we know that we’re ready for the next game.”

The next game is at 7 p.m. Oct. 13, at Orono High School against Orono.