LHS volleyball is consistently serving up wins

Senior Kendall Turner is hits the ball in a match against Brentsville. Photo courtesy of the yearbook staff.

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Senior Kendall Turner is hits the ball in a match against Brentsville. Photo courtesy of the yearbook staff.

Kayla Moyer, Sports Editor

As the 2022 volleyball season progresses the team is looking forward to contnue a great season with an overall record of 7-4. 

Their most recent match ended with a loss of 3-0 to Millbrook, but up until then, the Eagles volleyball squad had been consistent winners. 

 Throughout the month of August, the varsity volleyball team was undefeated with their first loss being September 6 against Sherando. They dropped three out of five sets in a match with Sherando winning the first set, Liberty winning the second set, and Sherando winning the final two sets. 

Up until then, it was a month of victories. August 10 was the first scrimmage and Liberty won. August 22 was the first game of the season and the girls won 3-1, and the ball kept rolling. August 25 was the second game with another win of 3-0, while August 29 was the final game of the undefeated streak with a win of 3-0. 

In September, the Eagles fell to Kettle Run, while on September 12 saw a Liberty loss to James Wood. On the September 15 match they earned their first Northwestern District victory against Handley. On September 19 they shut out Orange.

“The season is going really well and It’s cool to finally get to play as a senior because everyone has been playing together forever and it’s cool to know how everyone plays and what to expect from each other,” said senior Emily Barnes. 

 “I haven’t been disappointed in my girls once this season, they keep their heads up and keep their energy strong no matter what,” said Marek.

Training didn’t stop once school ended last May, in fact, the Liberty Volleyball team kept up their intense training through the summer. The girls would come to Liberty and practice twice a week for two hours in June and July it was bumped up to three hours, with things like drills, FTC room, and weight room. 

They spent their summer working on the little things so that they would be ready to start strong when the school year started. 

A normal day at practice starts with getting to the gym and setting up the volleyball net, after that the girls all get together and stretch and warm up their arms as stretching helps to prevent injuries. Once they have stretched and warmed up, they officially start practice with a game of Queens

Queens are used to seeing what the team needs to work on before their next game. After playing the practice game Queens, Coach Marek looks at how the game went and how they did the last game and she sees what they need to work on. Once she has seen what they need to work on, the girls start working in drills to improve their skills. 

“Practices are as game-like as possible, we tend to work on specific skills and we focus more on the perfection of the skills than just the skills,” said Marek.

The girls all have a strong bond with each other and are constantly improving as the season continues. When asked how the team bond is, sophomore Abby Vass credited mutual respect as the reason for such a harmonious locker room. 

“We all have a very strong bond with each other, we love and respect each other and we’re all great friends,” said Vass.