Team chemistry drives volleyball team to stay competitive


Thomas Toghramadjian

From left: Junior captain and outside hitter Mira Grinsfelder and senior captain and middle hitter Claire Foussard are in the ready stance in a match against Minnehaha Academy on Sept. 16. “I think this season will be a huge improvement over seasons before,” Grinsfelder said.

“We lost only two seniors from last season, so we didn’t take too much of a hit,” junior captain and outside hitter Mira Grinsfelder said. “As of now our lineup is pretty stacked,” she continued. The team has had a great start to their season with wins against St. Paul Humboldt and St. Paul Highland Park. “I think this season will be a huge improvement over seasons before,” Grinsfelder said.

Sophomore middle hitter Chloe Wilkens is also very confident about the team’s chemistry. “We’re all really close on and off the court,” Wilkens said “We feel that is one of our biggest strengths, that we’re all friends.” Wilkens supports Grinsfelder’s statement about this season will be better than previous. “I think this year is one of the years that we have the strongest team that we’ve ever had,” Wilkens said.

Wilkens mentioned that the team tends to play down. “We don’t play to the level that we could when other teams aren’t as good as us. We play to their level instead of playing as we should be playing,” Wilkens said.

Grinsfelder is more concerned about the teams they will be playing against. “Vis[itation] and St. Croix Lutheran are the big fish in our conference, so we’re hoping to take a set off them,” Grinsfelder said. Luckily, the team does not play them until near the end of the season, so they will have plenty of time to practice. The squad’s record in press time is 2-3-0. Their next match is at home against Blake on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.