Volleyball keeps working

The Lady T-Birds haven’t been very successful this season but have stuck together through the losses.

“We have been working really hard and have a lot of potential to do good in games,”  junior Sydney Graber said. “I think we can end up doing pretty good if we have the right mindset.”

A new addition to the team was head coach Lori Anschutz. She was the math teacher at Liberty, then trans-ferred to Skyline as a high school math teacher.

“It’s been a good change for us,” Graber said. “She pushes us hard every practice to be better.”

Anschutz enjoyed getting to know the girls this year in season and also over the summer. During the week of their two-a-days the girls spent the mornings lifting and conditioning. This included running a mile every day, except for those whose lives were spared by attending 16 weight sessions over the summer break. The afternoons consisted of two hours of volleyball drills and hard practices. Some sessions included more conditioning.

“The two-a-days were good for us as a team and got us more prepared,” senior Sydney Koirth said.

Freshmen Mackenzie Wright, and T’Lane Tobin and sophomores Kayla Urban and Kailey Hamm suit up for varsity and gain a lot of experience by playing alongside three senior leaders, Koirth, Hallee Burgardt and Brittany Smith.

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Hitting the ball, senior Hallee Burgardt knocks one down. photo by Dalton Kenwworthy

“We haven’t won very many games, but we keep our heads up and keep trying,” Urban said. “I think we will do okay in the end.”

The Lady T-Birds are currently 2-24. Although they have many losses, they are hoping to win some more games in the league tournament in Norwich on Saturday.

“We have our moments where they share greatness.” Anschutz said. “We just need to get the consistency there.”

The girls plan on progressing far into the sub-state tournament held at Kinsley on October 21.

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