IR Girls’ Volleyball wraps up hot and cold season
The 2013 season was one of ups and downs for the Indian River High School girls’ volleyball team. After starting off 1-2, the Indians went on to win four straight games on the road at Milford, Delmar, Lake Forest and Woodbridge to improve their record to 5-2. They would then go on to lose six straight and split the final two games of the year to finish with a 6-9 record.
Senior middle hitter Maricela Hernandez Maza believes that the girls’ streaky season can be attributed to attitude.
“We all have different attitudes. If one of us has a negative attitude, it happens to everybody else,” Hernandez Maza explained. “We all have the talent, we could have won those games.”
“We went into the season strong with a good attitude,” said senior outside hitter Reilly Scott regarding the team’s early season success. “That streak that we had was when we played best as a team.”
One of the other major factors in the girl’s mid-season struggles was something that they had no control over however, height.
“We’re a really small team,” Hernandez Maza noted. “Our height is really tiny compared to other teams.”
“We put our tallest girls [up front] to block,” Scott weighed in, “most of us couldn’t even get up to the net. We only had one or two people that could effectively block.”
Despite the girls’ disappointment with the ultimate outcome of the season, the team did manage to notch two more wins than they did in 2012 under first year Head Coach Jay Clark. The season also ended on a high note on senior night Oct. 22 in a dominant victory in just three sets against Seaford High School. In addition to the win the senior girls also received flowers, got to walk out with their parents, and heard their names and future plans announced at the game.
“It was really nice,” remembers Reilly Scott. “The actual ceremony was pretty cool.”
While Scott, Hernandez Maza, and the rest of the seniors will be moving on, juniors and underclassmen like junior middle hitter Lili Cooney are already thinking about next season.
“There’s a skills clinic at UMES we’re going to try and get everybody to go to,” Cooney commented on her preparation for the 2014 season.
Some girls are also planning on playing in volleyball clubs and Coach Clark has expressed interest in getting the girls involved in volleyball camps to keep their skills sharp during the off-season.
For Hernandez Maza and Scott, their volleyball days may not be over just yet. Scott plans on walking on wherever she ends up next year. One of the schools she is looking at is the University of Central Florida. Hernandez Maza was concerned with her height at the collegiate level, but expressed interest in trying out if the school she attends has a team.
While the season may have not ended like the girls had hoped, they were still able to see the positive aspects of the experience.
“I think it was a better season than last year,” Scott claimed and Hernandez Maza agreed. “It’s not even about the scores or winning and losing, it was a better season team wise. I liked playing with [Coach Clark] he was a good guy and a good coach.”