By Brody Patmore
The Red Lion Area Senior High School girls volleyball team is gearing up for a new season. With the impressive accomplishments last year which included winning both the county and district tournaments and qualifying, finishing 8 for the state tournament it won’t be easy to repeat such a historical run.
The team lost some key pieces from the team last year who helped make the year so successful. Players like Lauren Enflield, Logan Dontell, and Lindsey Blevins will be greatly missed and hard to replace.
By Shawn Gunarich
Red Lion girls volleyball make it to state level competition after winning districts in a five set nail-biter against Hempfield.
Senior captain Lindsey Blevins expressed what the win was like for her. “It’s such a relieving feeling because we know what we worked for,” Blevins said. “Four years and we can finally say we won. Also I love banners and medals.”
Blevins received the set and slammed the win against Suburban on Oct. 25. This would set the team up for three district matches, in which Red Lion would have to win all three if they wished to become 2016’s district 3 champs.
By Shawn Gunarich
News and Feature Editor
Red Lion girls Volleyball get the win against Dallastown 27-25 in the last set. It is the rematch senior captains Lindsey Blevins, Logan Dontell and Lauren Enfield have been waiting for.
Back on Sept. 6, the team traveled to crosstown rival Dallastown to play their first of two regular season matches. Dallastown pulled the win in four sets, winning all but the first. “The sets were close,” Blevins said, “but we weren't ready, now we are.”
By Ian Adler
Despite various injuries, ranging from concussions, to muscle injuries, to split lips, and even illnesses, the girls volleyball team has fought to earn a respectable 13-3 regular season record.
“I think the girls realize that they have to step it up,” said Head Coach Heather Schoemaker. “We continually tell them you need to do your job. We have a deep bench that is capable of being ready to go into a new position.”
The girls are led by their three senior captains, Emily Sterner, Brooke Gladfelter and Rachel Groff. Amongst their responsibilities during the plays, the seniors have to keep the girls motivated and ready to adjust to change.
“You just have to keep the girls calmed down,” said Groff. “When it’s 24-23, they’re looking at you and you have to tell them ‘calm down, we got this, take a deep breath.’”
“Being a senior, a lot of the younger people look up to us,” said Gladfelter. “And I think we need to show that everything we went through to get to where we are it all pays off. “
Although Coach Schoemaker is focused on taking “one game at a time”, both the seniors and underclassmen can’t help but look forward to their place in playoffs.
“I think that we can make it to counties, districts and if we set our minds to it, we can go to states,” said Gladfelter. “But we need to have the mindset that we can make it there, we can’t just think it, we have to actually execute.”
There will be a ferocious fight for the playoff spots between Red Lion, Central and Dallastown, the division’s most competitive and rivaled teams.
“I can’t say too much because it’s still an open book,” said Sterner. “But if everything goes well, then everything should be in place for maybe districts, possibly further.”
Adjusting to change and properly preparing for a sport most definitely requires a lot of hard work, which Coach Schoemaker says “this group has done very well. I haven’t seen that in my four seasons at Red Lion.”
“Their hard work is showing off, that they can persevere through adversity when we are given an injury or the flu or infections or whatever we’re given,” said Schoemaker. “They’re continually getting better.”
“We’ve come a pretty long way from last year,” said Groff. “We lost some players, we lost some height, but we also gained a lot of players. A lot of players have also gotten more ability and more skill, so I think the start of the season was a little rough, but we’ve definitely improved and I see big things for us in the future.”
By Taylor Bosley
After finishing the regular season 12-2 the girls volleyball team of Red Lion brought back a silver medal from county championships Oct 21 after earning second place against Delone Catholic. Despite the loss the Lions still have many games to look back on that they can be proud of.
Along with getting second in counties, senior Jenna Hevner notes other defining moments of the ladies season including their game against Central.
“We were both undefeated at the time so that was the hardest but best game we played,” said Hevner, “Also that was the game we played with the most intensity and we were so pumped.”
Hevner also views their senior night game against Dallastown as a highlight of their season.
“Dallastown thought they had it in the bag and thought they were going to win,” said Hevner,” said Hevner, “But we pulled through and won in four games.”
Sophomore Lindsey Blevins called their recent game against York Suburban during counties a defining game of their season.
“It was our first math in counties and they are a very good team,” said Blevins, “But we played very well and serve reserve was good so we shut their team down and we came out on top.”
On Oct 25 the Lions traveled to Hempfield for a District match up against Waynesboro and came out on top winning all four games. The season ended for the Volleyball team with a loss to Elizabethtown in the second round of Districts.
With the silver medal won in counties and making it to the second round of District play the girls have a succesful season to look back on and represented Red Lion well.
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