The Agates volleyball team looks past defeatThe Agates volleyball team suffered a loss on Monday night’s game at the Two Harbors High School gym. The team, coached by Beth Innis, played International Falls, losing 0-3.
By: Claire Hoffert, Lake County News Chronicle
The Agates volleyball team suffered a loss on Monday night’s game at the Two Harbors High School gym. The team, coached by Beth Innis, played International Falls, losing 0-3.
“We showed a lot of potential and had some really great moments that showcased what we can do in the future,” Innis said.
Starting strong, the players kept up with the opposing team, only to lose steam around the middle of the game.
“The beginning of our game looked promising, but slowly we lost our positive energy,” co-captain Lane Schraufnagel said. “If we were more consistent in our attitude and energy level, the physical aspect of the game would be much easier to improve upon. Becoming more consistent in everything we do as a team is the next step to becoming a winning volleyball team.”
Led by eight seniors, the team isn’t young, but has two freshman, and a sophomore player. The team, with a thirteen-member varsity, played Eveleth-Gilbert on Tuesday, where Coach Innis planned to keep the same starters.
“We’re going to use the same hitters,” Innis said. “It’ll give the younger girls a chance to show what they’ve got.”
Even with a discouraging start, the team has much to which it can look forward, including an annual tournament at Ogilvie on Sept. 7. Both the varsity and junior varsity teams will play five games, giving them an excellent opportunity to synchronize efforts.
“By the time the Ogilvie tournament—one of our favorite events—arrives, we will have new skills and more knowledge that can be applied to the game, giving us much better chances of winning,” Schraufnagel said. “We have so much eagerness as a team, everyone is still practicing and playing at a very competitive level.”
Catch the Agates volleyball team at their next home game on Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Two Harbors High School gym at 7 p.m.