This year’s girls’ volleyball team has had a killer season. With a winning record of 17-13, the team has proved to be one of the most successful North has seen in a long time. The girls claimed big wins over teams like Princeton and South, and have more than proved themselves as a force to be reckoned with in future seasons.
This year’s team made the playoffs in their group before losing to Wall. The single fact that they qualified for States this year is a testament to the team’s growth. This is the first time in eight years North has qualified. The state seedings are based on the Power Points earned in the first fifteen matches, and North earned enough for 27th seed. The girls were matched up with the number six seed in their group. They lost the match due to a change in their serving rotation that threw them out of sorts.
Senior Ashley Yao broke the single-season school record for the number of kills. A kill in volleyball is a point-scoring play. In one season, Yao recorded 258 kills, and has 392 for her career. Yao attributes her success to her coaches and team, whom she considers her family. “Without any of their support, beating the kills record would have just been another dream,” Yao said. “I’m proud to say that I have played for HSN, for the players, for the coaches, and for myself.” Varsity coach Joe Schweitzer always had faith in Yao. “Once she believed, there was just no stopping her,” Schweitzer said.
Adding to the historic season is senior Anuksha Singh, a captain, who accumulated the best setting record in North volleyball history. She amassed 484 assists for the season, and has 740 for her career. She had more assists in one season than the rest of the players have in their careers combined. “She put the ball in a place where we could attack. The very definition of a setter,” Schweitzer said.
Of course, the whole team has contributed to the accomplishments. Senior Ylana Lopez, a captain, had 130 kills for the year, which for most teams in the state would be a team-leading number. Junior Vrinda Gupta passed a 2.0 for the season as well. “It takes an entire team for an individual to achieve the results they did,” Schweitzer said.
The North volleyball team is going to have to rebuild next year after losing seven senior players, but for now they can revel in their historic 2014 success.