EMAC champs finish season strong

Feature Photo By: Amor-Leigh Wilson – The Rangeview volleyball team shake hands after the loss against Loveland high school. The game against Loveland was the last game of the season for the girls.

By: Amor-Leigh Wilson, Review Staff

With the end of the Rangeview volleyball season, the ladies have ended their season with an overall record of 15-10. Though the ladies finished first in the 5A EMAC league, they did not qualify for state. 

According to senior Trinity Stevenson, “We played our hearts out, but fell short.”

Junior Alexia Hurtado begins to kill the ball against Chaparral High School. This is Hurtado’s third year on varsity and first year as team captain. (Amor-Leigh Wilson)

This season has had its ups and downs, starting their season with a pattern of win, loss, win. Their game against Brighton High School began the team’s 10 game win streak, which was then broken by Castle View High School. 

The ladies played two games Saturday, November 4th against Chaparral High School as well as Loveland High School. The two games determined which team would qualify for state, but the ladies were unable to achieve a win, thus closing out their season.

“It doesn’t matter that we lost,” said junior Cheyanne Boe, “Overall, we had a good season”.

Many people have noticed the hard work and dedication of the girls since their passing and communication has noticeably improved. One player who has stood out the most according to her coaches and teammates is freshman Nola Johnson.

According to Makenzie Bell, “Nola came in barely knowing how to hit a ball, but now she is amazing, especially her hits.”

Nola Johnson is a freshman that plays on the Rangeview team, but attends Colorado Early Colleges which does not have a volleyball program. At the start of the season, Johnson wasn’t played very often but her hard work has earned her spot as a strong outside hitter.

Mykena Mahan jumps to block Chaparral’s Grace Haberland. Nowling started the volleyball season on JV and ended the season swinging for the varsity team. (Amor-Leigh Wilson)

Johnson believes she brings a positive vibe to her team by, “…keeping everyone happy and joyful”. 

The end of the season left the ladies unfulfilled and disappointed.

Many say the ladies worked hard every day leading up to their last game. Although the ladies didn’t leave with a win, some teammates say they are leaving this season improved and ready for next year.

Johnson admits, “We are a very strong team so I think we will get it [to state] next year.”

Ending the season at the top of their league, and with added aspirations of making it to state next year, there is some pressure on the ladies to grow and change.

Volleyball coach Doug Walker believes since this season has brought younger players, the team only has more room to grow.

According to sophomore Sierra Hunt, “coming together and playing as a team has been hard but we still get it done.”

The ladies season has finally came to a close and some say they are excited to see what next season will bring to the game.

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