Rock Creek volleyball season has been somewhat of an eye-opener in many ways. In one way, there are a lot of first-year varsity athletes.
Junior Kelsey Parker, a first-year varsity starter, said, “There are a lot of changes I didn’t expect, but I am making the best of it.”
Junior Brooke Minihan is another first-year starter who is playing the role of libero, an important part of the team who always has to be ready for a hard hit to come right at her or to make those tough diving plays.
Minihan said, “My job is tough, but I work hard, and yes, I’ve been known to roll around a lot, trying to make the plays.”
Junior Kelsey Plummer and senior Megan Srna are leading the team as returning starters.
The team started the season off in Wabaunsee on Aug. 25 and had a tough time, but played a few really good matches and tournaments. The girls took second at Nemaha Valley on Sept. 8 and third at Hillsboro on Oct. 13. They won big on Oct. 9, sweeping the lady Rossville Bulldogs at home on Senior Night.
Sophomore Alexis Wilson said, “Our high was the way we played in Nemaha Valley, coming together as a team, and our low was losing to Wabaunsee.”
The lady Mustangs finished their season at the 4A sub-state tournament on Oct. 20. There, they beat Smoky Valley in the first round, but then lost to the No.-1 seeded McPherson, who went on to be the sub-state and state champion. That loss ended the season for the Mustangs.
“The girls have made this season a roller coaster,” head coach Terry Schmitz said.
Article by Marc Reiss, Editorial Assistant
Photo by Mason Swenson, Yearbook Co-Editor in Chief