Volleyball season wrap up


Kelli Taylor

The seniors celebrated their win against The Academy.

Becca Jolly, Managing Editor

After a tough season full of injuries and adjustments, the Eagles end the volleyball season 7-13. 

 Team members suffered from injuries that forced them to sit out of games, some temporarily, some permanently. 

 “This means that our lineup changed multiple times throughout the season,” said coach Kendall Gomez. 

Senior varsity player Rheanna Werlinger tore her labrum during a game against Southwest Covenant. She had to sit out for a week and a half.  

“I should have sat out the whole season,” Werlinger said. “I will have to have another surgery on it in the future.” 

Sophomore varsity player Candela Principi dislocated her shoulder during a game against Classen. 

“I play Libro, which dives a lot. When I dove for the ball, I fell wrong and it popped out of place,” she said. 

Principi had to sit out the rest of the season. 

Junior Gretelle Flores had to sit out most of the season because she had tendinitis in her ankle. 

“My physical therapy time was cutting into volleyball practice. I didn’t think it was fair to my other teammates for me to play when I missed so many practices,” she said. 

Even though the team had to adjust after losing players to injuries, the Eagles pulled it together for an important game late in the season against Putnam City West. They beat them for the first time in school history with a score of 3-1. 

“We beat them on their senior night!” said senior Rheanna Werlinger. 

“This game is definitely one of my favorite volleyball memories,” said sophomore Meha Joseph. 

Although the team won seven games, the Eagles were defeated 13 times during the season. 

According to multiple team members, their worst game was against Putnum City Original.  

The team won the first set, but then lost the next four. 

“We didn’t put our all into the game,” said team captain McKenzie Sadler. 

“We did not necessarily play badly, but we were not mentally tough enough to push through and defeat the team,” Gomez said, “This game was a learning opportunity for us.” 

With the end of the season comes saying goodbye to the team’s seniors: Achariya Nash, Amaya Bennet, Rheanna Werlinger, Dylan Gilyard.  

We also want to say goodbye to the team’s managers: Ciera Patterson, Autumn Harris, and Donte Jones. 

“I love everyone on the team,” said Werlinger. “I’ll miss the people and the practices” 

“I love volleyball and I am so excited for next season,” said sophomore Hannah Tichenor. 

If you or someone you know is interested in trying out for volleyball, tryouts will be held next July!