The Big 22

By: Sophie Ice, Editor-in-Chief

After a long season filled with many injuries and a few tough losses, Assumption pulled out yet another state title on Sunday, November 10th. In the finals, they played Mercy Academy, who they have already beat three times that season.

In the first set, Assumption was down 10-18. But they fought hard and came back to win the first set 25-22. They used that momentum to win the next two sets to win the match and the title of 2019 state champions.

Last season, Assumption volleyball was undefeated and named national champions. Anna DeBeer, senior, says, “We had some high expectations and continued to have a huge target on our backs, so we had to find a way to overcome those obstacles.” They knew they had big shoes to fill and worked their hardest to step up to the plate.

This season was filled with many tests and trials. From concussions to broken ankles, the team experienced many injuries for many of their players. DeBeer says, “To lose so many players so often was definitely a challenge and something you hate to see. The ones who were healthy just had to continue to believe in each other in hopes of still achieving our end goal.” Rylee Rader, a senior who has been on varsity since freshman year, claims that this was the hardest season yet because of the injuries. Rader suffered a concussion halfway through the season but was able to return to the court before the state tournament started.

Despite all of this, the girls worked hard and earned the state title. For the seniors, it felt bittersweet because they knew it is the last time they would wear an Assumption uniform. Because of the challenges they had to face this year, Rylee Rader claims this victory was even more special. Rader claims, “I dropped to my knees and started crying because I knew all of our hard work throughout the season has just paid off.” Rader claims that dealing with the injuries actually made the team closer. Some of the players were playing in different positions which can throw a player off, but the Assumption volleyball teams works so hard that you wouldn’t be able to tell someone was playing out of position.

This is Assumption volleyball’s third state title in a row and the program’s 22nd title overall. They finished the season with a 36-7 record. They all know how lucky they are to get to play in a program like Assumption. Expectations for them are high, but the future looks bright for the program with underclassmen like Sydney Helmers, a freshman outside hitter and Jenny Wessling, a junior defensive specialist. Wessling has verbally committed to continue her volleyball career at High Point University.

The talent runs deep in this program. Every senior this year has signed to play in college and a few of the underclassmen have already verbally committed to playing in college. The strength and determination of this team demonstrates that hard work pays off no matter what challenges you face.

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