by Hannah Van Sant
The PC varsity volleyball team ended their regular season with a record of 20-16. They ended their tournament run in the regional final with a loss against Grundy Center 1-3 on October 31. They won their first regional tournament game against Colfax-Mingo 3-0, second regional tournament game against Van Meter 3-1, and third regional tournament game against Pekin 3-0.
Coach John Evenhouse saw consistency in the team. “Our strength is the fact that we do a lot of things well,” said Evenhouse. “One game, our hitting will be good, another our blocking, and so on. If we can put everything together for a match, we could be a very good team.”
Players feel that the team improved significantly over the course of the season. “I would say that our strengths were our offense and serving. They gradually became better and better as the season went on,” said senior co-captain Bekah Horstman. “Although, there were some times where we struggled in both of these places, but there were other times where one or both of these won the game for us.”
Others saw individual players taking charge and lending a hand wherever needed. “The biggest strength of the team this year is definitely leadership,” said manager Cassidy Bush. “Younger and older, these girls have developed amazing leadership skills and are comfortable helping each other out in a loving way.”
Senior co-captain Raeann Fopma felt the team was at its strongest against Pella. “I’d say one of the best games we’ve played this year was against Pella High,” said Fopma. “It was a really well matched game and we played at a high level the entire time. The excitement level was incredible, and even though we lost in 5 matches, I’ll always remember it as being one of the best games because of how well both teams played and how competitive it was.”
Another good performance came against Adel DeSoto Minburn, according to senior co-captain Sophie Howerzyl. “The highlight of the season so far for me was when we played ADM on Saturday, October 14, at the Knoxville tournament,” said Howerzyl. “We played really well – maybe the best we’ve played this whole year. We had so much energy the entire game and it was just so fun.”
State tournament will be held on November 7-10 at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.