FHS freshman team learns keys to successful volleyball

By: 
Jean Muragin
Freshman Coach

Members of the FHS freshman volleyball team.
Photo courtesy of Jean Muragin

This year’s Fergus Eagle freshman volleyball team had an emotional season with moments of highs and lows. The team ended the season with an 8-11 record and a conference record of 3-3. They worked very hard as a team and have grown individually in skill and character.
The freshman team began the season by competing at the Broadview-Lavina Tournament. The tournament is fashioned for varsity Class C teams and junior varsity Class B teams. The Eagles struggled to rise and compete against experienced players, but persevered. Though the team did not beat any of their opponents, they did give them a run for their money.
The Fergus Tournament the next weekend was another success where change of play and teamwork was key. The Eagles had a shaky start to the tournament with no wins in pool play. With a boost of confidence in each other and regrouping their mindset, the Eagles took second place in bracket play at the tournament. The girls competed and defeated teams with the will to dominate.
Despite their win-loss record, the Eagles saw exceptional individual performances from several team leaders. Aspen Montgomery, Taylin Trafton, Madison Affolder, Jessica Morgan and Hailey Welsh all had serving averages of 90 percent or above. Hanna Franz served up 33 aces for the season. Trinity Edwards and Trafton both had high kill averages, with Trafton banking in 100 kills for the season. Franz and Trafton helped the Eagles with 43 blocks, collectively. These ladies couldn’t have smashed a ball without our passers, Marla Villaruel, Kayla Crook-Klee, Chelsea Jensen and Riley Anderson.
After the pass, the team had Kylie Zimmer and Welsh setting it all up for 267 assists. Defensively, Anderson and Welsh led the team in digs with 103 and 107.
If there was anything the team learned this season, it was the importance of flexibility in positions, mental toughness and communicating with teammates. The Eagles adapted well to the change in lineups and positions on the team.
Individually, they each held the skill and drive for the game. Coming together as a team is just the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. I wish this group the best in all they do.

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