By Arooba Muqaddar, Clarion Staff
The Kennedy girls volleyball team has faced challenges before and this year was no different. Despite the obstacles, the team was determined to finish the season with a winning record and compete in the playoffs. The lady cougars ended the season with an overall record of 13-13, and respectable Metro Conference record of 8-4 which was the same as their rival CKM.
The girls varsity team has a history of winning records in the Metro Conference, holding on to 1st place four years in a row until last season’s 2nd place finish. Despite the final standings this year, they should feel proud of themselves and know they fought through a lot of diversity.
Billie Dee (11) says “The team is united and strong” and Juléa Moore a junior, the Kennedy team is a really good team and that although they may not always have the best year, they always have fun and don’t let their loses define them as a team.
In late October, the team advanced to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Girls Volleyball Tournament, and immediately won their first playoff game against Edison playing in Kennedy’s auxiliary gym. On the next day, they lost to St. Francis and which ended their hopes of advancing to another round.
Players on the team said that even though they had lost, they were happy and content with the overall season. One discouraging development this season was the absence of the Kennedy Gymnasium which is still under repair. They played home matches in the small gym (auxiliary gym) which didn’t allow for a larger crowd to support the team which players seem to feel helps them perform better. The women’s volleyball team is an important part of high school sports and an extremely competitive sport, as well as fun and builds great team work between players.
Players Anaise Smith, Jordan Lorde, and Sisilia Vainuku (all juniors) say that “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard” Another thing that these players say is that in all the three years they have been playing volleyball this year they feel they have been the closest and they feel a lot like family.