AFS student Seraina Liebi spikes the ball hard over the net.
Photo by Sarah Mosinski
The Audubon Wheeler Volleyball Team and coaches recognized their eight seniors on Oct. 8. Some of the seniors said, “I will definitely miss my team the most. Having seven seniors who are so close and dedicated definitely doesn't happen very often in a small school,” said Bailey Nelson.
Susie Bylund also agreed with Nelson stating, “The thing I will miss most is how close our team is. We have a special bond this year, and get along just like a family. I will miss the connection between each and every player and coach of this team!”
Junior Courtney Rudolph reflected that volleyball teaches them how to work together, never give up, build communication and focus skills, and how to let mistakes go and move on. Coach Molly Lange also makes sure that the girls improve and focus on themselves instead of the other team.
Along with the nine freshmen, the team added Seraina Liebi, a foreign exchange student from Switzerland. Liebi said, “One thing I have learned from the team and coaches is that even if we are losing or behind, you keep fighting until the match is over.”
Coach Erin Westering, the new high school Spanish teacher, is also an addition to Wheeler Volleyball. Coach Westering said, “Spending time in open gym with the girls over the summer really helped to get to know the girls. It also helped in the classroom.”
After a match, Coach Lange and Coach Westering, winning or losing, prepare the girls for the next one by telling them what they did well, then followed by things they need to work on.
The crowd and student section has played a big role in giving support to the team. When the girls are out of focus and they hear the crowd cheering, it helps them work harder and improve their game.
The volleyball team has worked hard. However Coach Lange mentioned, “The season isn’t over,” and with that they still have time to improve.