For the first time in 5 years, the Lady Warriors varsity volleyball team advanced to the district tournament. The final game, in which the winner moved on to regionals, took place on Tuesday night, October 17 against Coral Springs Christian Academy. The game was intense for the Lady Warriors, and the Warriors ultimately fell short after three neck-to-neck sets, ending the season with a 4-3 record. The team placed third overall in the Class 3A district.
From the beginning, the girls volleyball team has been underestimated and many assumed that their season would involve an abundance of losses, which was quickly proven to be false.
“Normally people only hear of the boys basketball or football teams winning games, so from the start of the season we all agreed that this was the year to step up and shine and start off strong for all the Lady Warrior teams,” said Shani McCarley (11th).
The team recently adopted the phrase “hit like a girl” as their motto, printing the words on their official warm-ups. This season, the Lady Warriors, led by team captains Rena Kahn (12th) and Eden Shushan (12th), demonstrated the power of hitting like a girl.
“I’m so proud of these girls,” said volleyball coach Stephen Izaguirre. “They came out and really owned the court this year. I know that it will only get better from here.”
The team, which only includes ten girls, is like a family to each other. “We all really love each other and want each other to be the best possible,” said Tziyona Gheblikian (9th). “When someone gets a good kill, everyone goes crazy and jumps on them.”
The Lady Warriors prevailed longer and stronger than anyone thought was possible. This is an incredible achievement that was only made possible from endless hard work in and out of practice, time spent reviewing plays, and the unconditional support that the girls had for each other throughout the whole season. They left their hearts on the court time after time and took with them not only bruises, but also pride.
“We are powerful,” Kayla Abromowitz (10th) said.
By: Rena Kahn (12th Grade)