Season In Review: Volleyball

By: Kaleb Moore

Overall Record: 14-31-1

Conference Record: 4-8

The Hawkeye’s season came to an end in the district semi-finals when they faced Zeeland West, and lost 2 sets to 3. With a record of 14-31-1, it’s easy to say that the Hawkeyes struggled for most of the season, but according to Coach Makenzie Branderhorst, the positives of this season is what really mattered. She claimed, “The girls improved so much, and it truly showed in the last game of the season.” Then, she continues by saying, “While our season from the win loss standpoint might not look appealing, I believe this was a successful season. We proved that we can hang with most programs in the state no matter what class.”

In addition, Coach Branderhorst is focusing on next year because the Volleyball squad returns nine of their players. The two girls that the squad will lose due to graduation is Nicole Dekker, and Alyson Dyke. Both were solid contributors that will have to be replaced, but the Volleyball squad is confident that they can work with the numbers they have.

After asking middle hitter Taylor Mcillwain what was some of the positives you can take from this season, she replied, “We were able to keep every game within our grasp.” Then, outside hitter teammate Josie VanSlooten added, “We played really tough even though our record wasn’t the best.” These girls saw solid playing time in their final match against the Dux, and both agree that they played with outstanding effort.

Watch out for this team next year, because the talent is there and if everything is mashed together perfectly, it will be a season to remember. Taylor Mcillwain is already practicing for the next season where she will attempt to lead this team.