Volleyball teams strive to succeed despite losses

Both girls and boys teams have had successful seasons thus far

The boys and girls volleyball teams are well into their respective seasons and are excited to continue last year’s successful seasons.

(Izzie Tassie) Annie Leo, junior, reaches for a spike during an away game. The team, led by Grace Hayes, senior and captain, brings versatile players to the court this season.
(Izzie Tassie) Annie Leo, junior, reaches for a spike during an away game. The team, led by Grace Hayes, senior and captain, brings versatile players to the court this season.

The girls team’s record is 3-1 so far, beating Whitnall, Cudahy and Brown Deer and losing to Greenfield. They came in 2nd at the Shorewood Invite, and 4th at the Nicolet Invite.

The team is looking forward to the upcoming conference championships.

“I’m really excited about excelling in conference because we have a solid team, with a lot of versatile players that bring a lot to the team,” said Grace Hayes, senior.

Hayes said that as a captain, she is ready to have fun, yet challenge herself and the team to be better than last year’s team.

“Out team last year set the standards high for having a lot of fun and working hard and I’m confident our team this year will exceed those expectations,” Hayes said.

The girls team has played in both the Racine Park Invite and the Tosa East Invite so far this season.

(Izzie Tassie) Calvin Snyder spikes the volleyball over the volleyball net. The boys team strives to keep a positive attitude and maintain the reputation the team has earned in past years.
(Izzie Tassie) Calvin Snyder spikes the volleyball over the volleyball net. The boys team strives to keep a positive attitude and maintain the reputation the team has earned in past years.

The boys team is 0-1 in their regular conference after losing to Tosa West, 3-2. The team faces the challenge of recovering from the players they lost last year.

“It’s obviously tough to replace a player like Karl [Apfelbach], who is a D1 recruit and high school All-American, along with our other graduating seniors who all had a big impact on the team, but I think we’ll be able to fill those spots well and make a run this year,” said Isaac Matthias, senior.

Matthias said he is ready to take on the challenge of being a captain and keeping the Shorewood reputation up to par.

“I think I’ll try and bring to the table just a positive mentality and attitude and help encourage the younger guys and try to lead by example as best as I can,” Matthias said.

Andres Torres, freshman, was a little nervous about playing this year, but after becoming a part of the team he now enjoys it.

“At first I was hesitant about playing volleyball because I was a freshman, but once I got to know everybody everything became easier. As far as playing on the court as a freshman it was a bit confusing, but once I got the hang of the rotations and everything, it became very simple to play with ease,” Torres said.

“Shorewood volleyball is so special because of the past success we have had along with the great fan support we get every year. Hopefully we can continue that and get as many people to both the boys and girls games as possible this year,” Matthias said.

by Nilesh Abraham

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