Varsity Volleyball Team Sets the Bar High

The Girls Varsity Volleyball team took on the Whitfield warriors Sept. 1 and came out with a convincing win. Before the game began, the girls dug down deep and released the energy they needed to defeat their opponent.
While the JV and Freshman volleyball games were being played, the varsity team jogged in a single file line around the school chanting “Everywhere we go, people wanna know, who we are, so we tell them, we are Westminster.” This energy was maintained throughout the entire game, as the Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first game. Even though it had been fifteen years since the lady Warriors had beat a Westminster team, the girls never used it as a reason to slack.
“We never overlook any team and we expect every team to come out strong, so we know we always have to do our best, get pumped up, and work hard to earn every point,” said Courtney Pfeifer, senior.
The Warriors finally woke up and made it a game by closing the gap to 15-ll. From that point on, emotions were high and the intensity level of both teams rose. Execution of rotations, communication, and hustling would determine the winner of the game.
After a spike by Sarah Hall, junior, the lady Wildcats took a 22-16 lead, and looked to finish the first game. This momentum changer forced the Whitfield coach to call a timeout to let his girls regain their composure.
The timeout had little affect on the Wildcat’s fire and after two back-to-back spikes by Kira Stewart, junior, and Kate Krause, senior, the first match ended 25-18.
One would think after an intense first match it couldn’t get any better, but it did.
“We were really excited at the beginning of the second match because sometimes the first games players get nervous, but we weren’t. We were all full of energy,” said Pfeifer.
At the beginning of the second game, the lady Warriors were able to keep up with a mentally driven Wildcat team. This game was filled with long back and forth rallies, a louder crowd, and a frustrated Whitfield team.
As the Wildcats led with a small 10-6 cushion, it became evident that the Warriors could not return most of the balls the Wildcats were hitting. The Wildcats finished with incredible dives, unbelievable rotations, and breathtaking saves.
“We were so excited for the first game, and winning made it even more fun. We were determined to stay focused and to beat Whitfield by more points the second game,” said Pfeifer.
After a lady Spartan’s ball was called out by the referee, the Wildcats huddled up and celebrated a 25-13 win and two straight games that will set the tone for the season.
“I think this match versus Whitfield set the bar high for our season. We can only move up from here,” said Pfeifer.