EGHS Girls Volleyball Wins the ‘Ship: A Reflection on the Season from the Captains

The 2019 Girls Volleyball team truly had something special. Over the course of the season, the bond that we shared as players and friends grew and grew. Spending two hours at practice with each other every day since mid-July was no small time commitment. As our team formed after tryouts, we quickly became a family. This is what we believe led us to our successful season. Volleyball is a very cooperative, interactive sport. No one player has a chance to self-isolate or go unnoticed. We really did become close-knit as we laughed throughout practices, got meals with each other, and traveled around the state together. Our JV team brought helpful, positive energy this season as we welcomed many new faces. This energy propelled our JV team to winning the JV state championship. After this, a handful of JV girls played with the varsity team as we started our playoff journey. It was getting colder and darker, as our season lasted longer than any other fall sports team. The grit and dedication that the team put forth daily was admirable. At practice every day, each girl knew that they belonged; they had a spot in that gym this year. Our coaches pushed us relentlessly to do our best, and they expected nothing less. They taught us and trained us hard, while also demonstrating a caring and kind concern for us as people off the court.

In our regular season matches, we only lost twice. Both of these matches were against West Warwick, a new rival that we had on our horizon. We knew we could beat them, we knew we had the skill, yet something in our heads was stopping us. Was it intimidation? Nerves? Whatever it was, we were able to work our way back to the finals, meeting West Warwick again. The championship game at Rhode Island College was an exciting and crazy scene. During the first two games, West Warwick forged ahead and won both. In the third game, filled with adrenaline and pure want, we fought back. In both the 2018 semifinal and championship matches, and this year’s semifinal and championship matches, we started at a 0-2 deficit and rallied back to win 3-2. Our team doesn’t give up. We like to keep everyone on their toes. Even though EGHS Girls Volleyball loses and gains new players every year, the spirit, heart, dedication, and kindness that is at the heart of the team will remain present for years to come!

Individual Awards
Rachel Rowey: All-Division II First Team, All-Tournament DII, MVP
Sophie Johnson: All-Division II Second Team, All-Tournament DII
Hannah Casper: All-Division II Third Team, All-Tournament DII
Jess Caterson: All-Division II Second Team, All-Tournament D II

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