Robert Jang & Michael Li / Staff reporters
Gleneagle’s junior girls volleyball team has finished their season with a 0-8 record in late October. Despite the team’s underwhelming season, they had amazing progress working as a team and handling the pressure of playing against the competitive teams in the district.
Playing against Pinetree and Riverside secondary is one of the toughest matches the girls had. Pinetree started with a huge advantage in points.
According to Tamara Rowland, grade 11 and a player for the Gleneagle team, Pinetree was one of the “toughest teams to beat” Rowland also explains the morale of the team was “tough to keep up when they’re tired and they had to keep a positive attitude, while not letting the fear of defeat overcome them.”
Another game when the Gleneagle team struggled is against Riverside secondary. Gleneagle was losing the first 2 sets. In the next set, the team adjusted their approach to the game.
Rachel Wood, grade 11 and a player on the team clarified the team “needed a better mentality, the team were getting frustrated sometimes.” as the game continued, Gleneagle scored 15 points, almost coming back from the deficit.
Due to the players had a late start in volleyball; they did not win the best place. “Many of the athletes on the team had a late start,” stated the head coach, Billy Demonte, “they need more constant effort and commitment.”
The players on the team worked hard in their practices. Rowland describes Demonte as a coach who is “very supportive and has a direct way of keeping them hyped up” and she is “very helpful” when it comes to demonstrations.
Demonte complimented the team as a rooster with “different strengths and bought different talents to the game of volleyball.” She also affirmed “the team “improved and showed good potential.”
Mackenzie Sparks, a community assistant coach, pointed out the team should “focus and communicate more, whether they are on the bench or the court.” Sparks believed that the girls’ team has done a decent job competing in the overall season.
The Gleneagle junior girls volleyball team did not get the best results, but they improved significantly and represented the school well.