Yes, you are reading this right. Horizon Christian now has enough participants to compete in the 1A level of girls volleyball.
This will be the first time in the private school’s history to have a volleyball team. Not only is it their first year as a team but they will be competing at the varsity level which is a huge jump for a brand new team.
So far the team is made up of six players: Anna Robinson, sophomore; Brooke Serdar, junior; Cheyenne Rosander, junior; Mary Jorgensen, sophomore; Sarah Ryan, freshman, and Victoria Rasmussen, freshman. They are coached by Leslie Sullivan.
Robinson, Jorgensen, Ryan and Rasmussen have played before at other schools while this is the first year for Serdar and Rosandere.
The Hawks’ first match will be at Trout Lake on Sept. 7. Jorgensen said, “I’m really excited because I played on their team last year and I had been on their team for a while so I’m ready to play them.”
For the team’s first year, they are focused on setting their goals to come back next year as a more experienced team.
“We just want to grow together as a team and to have everyone improve their skills so we can work together really well,” said Robinson.
When asked what the hardest part of practice was they all replied with “sprints, crunches and rolls.”
What do rolls have to do with volleyball? I had the same question. They told me, “Rolling gets you to move out of the way in case you get hit and it also keeps you on your toes for when the other team sends it back.”
While watching them practice, it was evident everyone knew the basic skills, but with a brand-new team there is always room for improvement. Although this team is playing varsity volleyball their first year they have an advantage: There are no championships they have to defend or a 10-game loss streak they have to break. All the players have to do is come and show everyone what they’re made of.