Volleyball team faces leadership changes, hopes to win conference

The team, who were 11 and 12 last season, have set the goal to win the North Suburban Conference.

The Girls Volleyball team finished the 2012 season at third in the North Suburban conference, with an overall record of eleven wins and twelve losses. With a new head coach, as well as some new players, the team hopes to win the conference title- a feat that has not been done since 2004. “We lost a few strong players last year, but with a new head coach and new players on the varsity team, this season is looking very strong. I’m excited for this season,” senior captain Leah Nightingale said.

The girls have been challenged by the new players and the new coach and are trying to develop team chemistry for the season. “We also have a lot of young players that have been proving their value on the team tremendously. In all honesty, we’re looking way better than we did last year or in most years previous, and I think this will be one the program’s best seasons yet,” senior Shannon McElroy said.

While the team’s main goal is to win the conference, they realize it will not be an easy task, but they have been practicing hard and improving every day. “I guess our team’s goal is to ultimately win the conference. It hasn’t been done in a while and we are trying to challenge ourselves,” junior Maura Lysne said.

The team’s record so far is eight wins eight losses, and they should excel throughout the season. Recently, the team recorded four wins and placed third in the Keller Klassic, a tournament that Benilde volleyball had never placed in. While the team doesn’t expect to go undefeated, they hope to be contention for a conference title.