Volleyball: Jumping into the Season

Linda Jack, Staff writer

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The Seward Seahawk volleyball team has jumped into the season with a great start, defeating the Nome Nanooks in a close five-set game on September 5th, leading into the North South Tournament. Though the game was not official, it gave the team perspective on how the remainder of the season may go. “It showed that we are here to have a lot of fun, play until the very last point, and play the best we can,” said junior Selma Casagranda. 

Prior to that tournament, the Swan Lake fire prompted the borough to cancel the other tournament invites, plus the conference games. Coach Jodi Kurtz comments, ”Considering that we have not had any official games, I think we have a great group of girls that will have a great season… the girls work  together to achieve their goals.”

Additionally, this year there are a few changes; starting with a whole new varsity team. ”I like the new team that we have. It is more supportive and loving. We all are closer in age and we have been on the same team for a while, so it’s easier to work as a unit,” varsity player Calysta Lohman reflects. 

Even though the varsity team didn’t place at the Valdez Invite, they are proud of their performance–especially beating Valdez, last year’s state runner up. Sophomore setter Hannah Schilling thought they played well together, despite lacking experience. “We lost some close games.” This says a lot because they were challenged with a higher bracket.

   This year, the junior varsity team finished second place at the Valdez tournament. ”We could have won, but I‘m proud of my team,” says Trinity Cline. JV was also placed in a higher bracket. The key to their success was playing well, having confidence, good communication, and never letting up.   

The remaining home games are as follows: October 4th vs Houston, October 5th vs. Redington, October 18 vs Homer, October 24 vs Nikiski (senior night), and November 7, when Seward will host regions.