Girls Volleyball challenges with a champion's pride

Girls Volleyball challenges with a champion's pride

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Girls Volleyball challenges with a champion's pride

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The team celebrates. Photo by Kate Owen

The team celebrates. Photo by Kate Owens

Hannah Pukis, a junior and Washington State commit, hit a punishing ball to their opponent, Mercer Island. Between Pukis and senior McKenzie Schwan, the Islanders barely had anytime to breathe.

After the game, senior Casey Burgess said, “This is why I love come to volleyball games. The game was really great and we just killed it.”

The Lady Lions are off to a promising start with a win for their first league game against Mercer Island on Friday, Sept. 16, and a victory at the Kent Volleyball Classic on

Saturday, Sept. 24, where they beat Gonzaga Prep in the finals (25-19, 25-19). Most recently, they defeated Curtis and Ballard as well.

Addy Woolery, junior, described the game as “… A good start to the season. It helped us gain momentum and confidence that we can take into the rest of the fall.”

But, the previous three-time state champions are hard to please. In their minds, there is still work to be done. They challengers with the pride of champions.

Head Coach Caroline Meines said, “We are starting to show some resilience to challenges and that is encouraging. Any team that can withstand challenges and disruptions and being pushed around chaos a shot at being the best team in state.”

The team is off to a great start with senior captains, Schwan and Claire McCarthy, leading the way.

Schwan, outside hitter, hopes that, “We [the team] can continue to play to the best of our abilities and do the best that we can to go to state.”

Claire McCarthy, an all-round player, said, “Our team still has a long way to go and a lot of untapped potential, so we are taking it one day at a time; individually reflecting at each practice, and pushing, competing, and, most importantly, supporting on another… we just want to make the most of it.”

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