Volleyball season ends at districts

Naeem Motlagh

The volleyball team played its final game on the season Monday, falling to Astronaut High 15-25, 14-25, 25-13, 20-25 in the district playoffs.

“I think that a lot of the girls thought we were just going to win because we had beaten them in the past, but Astronaut came out wanting it more,” junior outside-hitter Taylor Kelley said.

While the team struggled early in the season, the Lady Wildcats complied a six-game winning streak and finished the season 11-15, with a 3-4 record in the district.

After graduating six seniors last year, the volleyball team knew it would have some big shoes to fill. It was even harder as there was only one pair of feet to fill them. Hannah Krasny was the lone returning senior, and what she lacked in height, she made up for in leadership.

“It’s been a really humbling experience to try and pull the team through this transition phase,” Krasny said. “We have a lot of younger players, so I needed to be the role model and make a good impression right from the start.”

While the results weren’t necessarily ideal, under Krasny’s leadership, the team was able to come together and see drastic improvement from the beginning of summer workouts to its first district playoff game.

“Hannah was fantastic for us,” junior captain Taylor Kelley said. “She filled in perfectly as the libero, and there was never a moment where we doubted her.”

Despite bloodying her chin in a match against Osceola in September, Krasny played through and contributes her toughness to her years of experience. “When you’re the oldest one out here, you have to step up,” she said. “There’s no excuses.”