Volleyball struggles with youth

The loss of five seniors hurt the Skyline volleyball team and losing so many varsity players caused a massive change in rotations. “The young girls do a really good job at keeping a positive attitude and working very hard every day in practice and games to help the team move forward,” junior Brittaney Smith  said.

The Lady Thunderbirds started the season off at a preseason quad at South Barber and came out with one win against Stafford.

Other wins came on Senior night at home against Attica and at the Central Christian tri against Burrton. Going into their league tournament their record was 3-20.

The team had many individual and team goals.

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Senior Kamryn Stark, junior Sydney Koirth and senior Mason Brack celebrate after earning a point at the league tournament at Attica. The Lady T-Birds lost all four of their games, although they battled Stafford for three hard fought sets.

“Our goals for this year were to win, work together, become good teammates, and reach our individual and overall team goals that we set at the beginning of the season,” head coach Kathryn McAllister said.

Despite a hard fought effort, the lady thunderbirds went 0-4 at the league tournament that was held at Attica. When facing Stafford it was a close loss, going to three sets.

Following the league tournament was a trip to Macksville. The team lost against Pretty Prairie but took Macksville into three competitive sets, eventually ending with a hard fought loss.

The team was hurt by the fact that they graduated varsity players and is relatively young and inexperienced.

“I think that the team improved throughout the year and gained knowledge that will help next season,” junior Sydney Koirth said.

Sub-State will be hosted by St. John this weekend. The Lady Thunderbirds will start off facing the one-seeded Central Plains Oilers at 1 p.m.

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