JV volleyball ends lively season with Suburban East Conference victory
After a long season filled with improvements and team bonding, the CHS girlsâ€™ JV Volleyball team won the Suburban East Conference on Oct. 17.
The team worked towards the victory throughout the season, despite only practicing about twice a week due to a busy game schedule.
For freshman setter Joanna Shoemaker, winning the tournament was her favorite moment of the season.
â€œIt was our first really big victory and we came back and beat teams we had previously lost to,â€ Shoemaker said. â€œWe just did really well and we were all really proud of ourselves.â€
Junior and team co-captain Zeina Ziade was not only excited about the victory, but also impressed by the development the team demonstrated as a whole throughout the year.
â€œFrom the beginning to the end, we did so well in practices and games,â€ Ziade said. â€œWe showed them what we were made of.â€
Ziade attributed much of the teamâ€™s success to skills work and coach Jackie Jaquesâ€™s coaching skills. Coaching was a particularly essential aspect of the teamâ€™s success in that most of the team was very inexperienced.
â€œOur coach was really great with teaching us skills,â€ Ziade said. â€œShe encouraged us a lot. Most of our team had never played volleyball before, so she pushed us to do better.â€
Freshman and middle hitter Katherine DeBoer was thankful for Ziadeâ€™s leadership as a captain and looks forward to another positive experience with volleyball next year.
â€œZeina’s a great captain,â€ DeBoer said. â€œEverybody looks up to her on our team…I’m definitely going to play volleyball next year.â€
Despite the successes of the year and various skills improvements, Ziade still believes that the teamâ€™s bonding was the most important.
â€œThe best thing about our team is that we actually love each other,â€ Ziade said. â€œDuring team sleepovers or team dinners, we bonded with each other even though they’re freshmen and we’re two years older than them. We bonded so well as a team.â€