The Heritage Volleyball team is looking to start the 2017 season strong with the help of their new coach, Shelly Schwartz, and returning senior leader and captain, Grace Castleman. When asked about the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s team, Castleman responded, “I am very excited to get started this season. We are a very smart bunch. I believe we will thrive with the help of our scrappy and quick defense. We, as a group, need to improve upon our mental toughness.”
In regard to expectations for the season ahead, Castleman said, “I really hope to achieve goals as a team rather than as individuals, advance in sectionals, and beat last season’s record, all the while making memories in the process.”
The Patriots are looking to ride the momentum from the previous season. The girls are coming off an impeccable 26-6 season, and ACAC tournament championship. Senior, right side, Emily Scheumann said, “I’m looking forward to growing as a team and hopefully having a successful season. I like Coach Schwartz’s coaching method and she’s a lot of fun.” Coach Schwartz is bringing a lot of excitement to the volleyball atmosphere. The preseason hype for the volleyball girls is building and the expectations are high.
The girls opened up their season on Monday, Aug. 14, with a 3-0 victory over Northrop. The Lady Patriots were led by Grace and teammates Alivia Beard and Maggie Castleman in all-around team effort by the girls.
They also defeated Norwell in Ossian on Thursday, Aug. 17, in convincing fashion as they again won in three straight games. As a team, they had 40 kills, and Grace had 41 assists and 4 aces. Senior, Jessica Dodane had 16 digs, and Scheumann, Taylor Zelt, Alivia Beard, Isabella Roussey combined for 11 blocks. Maggie Castleman led the team in kills, with 12.
The girls carry their unblemished record to the West Noble Invitational on Saturday morning and then take on Carroll in their first home match on Tuesday evening, Aug. 22.
Article by Connor Simmons
Photo by Ellen Oberley