By Michael Vann
After coming within two points of a CIF Division III championship last year, the girlsâ volleyball team is determined to win the championship that barely eluded them before.
During June, many members of the team competed on various club teams that played in the biggest national girlsâ volleyball tournament in Reno.
A brutal hell week began for the girlsâ volleyball team the first week of August. The week consisted of seven days and 56 hours of practice.
After hell week, the team had no time to recover as one day later they flew to Hawaii to compete in a national high school tournament.
All the hard work seemed to pay off as the team finished in third place out of 32 teams.
The Wolverinesâ burning desire combined with talent and experience makes the team a top contender for a CIF championship despite moving up from Division III to division I.
âWe want to play the best we can as a team, and hopefully, our best leads us to a championship,â Bianca Wilson â07 said.
After a second place finish in the Mission League last year, the girlsâ donât expect league to be as challenging as last year. In the previous campaign, the Wolverines steamrolled all of its competitiors except for Flintridge SH.
Only two players from last yearâs team graduated, and the team returns all six of its starters from the previous year.
A huge addition to the team will be Audrey Eichler â07 who was forced to sit out the previous campaign after transferring from Marymount.
Eichler has already verbally committed to play for Boston College next year.
Last yearâs co-captain Kaitlin Segal â07 has also verbally committed to play for Bucknell next year.
Segal along with Kasey Kanoff â08 and Brittany Julian â07 form a trio that will rotate time as outside hitters.
Rounding out the starting lineup are opposite Lauren Newhouse â07 and Katherine Sebastian â08.
Alexa Bagnard â08 also provides great depth off the bench as she did an excellent job filling in for an injured Newhouse in last yearâs playoffs.