Netting A Win

The 2013 Lady Raiders volleyball team challenged themselves to prove they were in it to win it even after losing eight seniors from last year’s team. The ladies had a goal of finishing in the top three of the district, bettering last season when the team finished 4th.

“I challenged them to write down their individual purposes of why they play volleyball and why they are here,” Coach Humpert said.

The players reminded themselves daily and were dedicated to giving 110%. Humpert said this year’s team exhibited trust, friendship and unity.

“All of us are so, so close. We are competitive but not catty,” Captain Kendall Chamberlain said.

The team’s biggest motivation was proving to themselves and other that they could rise to the challenge of the competition. The ladies did prove they were prepared and finished with their best season since 2005. The Lady Raiders placed 3rd in the district and advanced to playoffs. Numerous players were Varsity All-District Award recipients. The volleyball team beat Saginaw in Round 1 of the playoffs but were intimidated by the powerful Aledo team and lost in Round 2. The ladies were very proud of their season and are looking forward to next year with Coach Humpert by their side.

“She is amazing. She taught me everything I know,” Captain Kiley Beaver said. “She can be really like your best friend, but also be serious coach and teacher.”