Girls Volleyball continues to improve with age


Emily Thissen

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL plays against Mounds Park Academy on Sept. 17. The team anticipates a heated match against Providence Academy. “Our team goal is that we want to be closer than ever as a program,” junior Emily Dieperink said.

Emily Thissen, News Editor

Despite years of changing coaches and dominantly young players, the varsity volleyball team is looking forward to defending their conference championship and playing their best every game.

Coming back from a conference win the previous year, the team has a confident outlook on the season and the future of Spartan Volleyball.

“Our team goal is that we want to be closer than ever as a program and develop a strong volleyball [team] for the future,” junior Emily Dieperink said.

Part of this bonding is game day dress ups, which are a way for the team to get pumped for the upcoming game. Dress up days have included blue and gold, camouflage themed, and beach day apparel.

Head coach Jim Abbott, who was new last season, is making a positive impact on the team. “We love Jim; it doesn’t even feel like he’s new anymore,” Dieperink said.

With the title of reigning conference champion comes rivalries. “Our biggest rival is Providence [Academy] because they are in our conference and they don’t think we deserved to win conference last year when we beat them in the championships,” Dieperink said. The Spartans faced Providence Academy on Sept. 24 and will again on Oct. 13.