by Norman Dela Fuente:

Despite a rough start to the season, Kennedy’s girls volleyball team believes they still have an outside shot at the playoffs, and that they are laying the groundwork for a successful 2013-2014 season.

The Golden Cougars Varsity Volleyball Team is 1-5 so far, but have been losing in games that were decided by as little as 3 points in the 5th set. This just goes to show that having a losing record does not necessarily mean that the team is doing badly.

Certainly the team still has a long way to go regarding performance and the overall team chemistry, but this year’s team is full of new faces with only three returning varsity players and two seniors. The team is in a rebuilding stage, but they believe the future seems bright for the team.

“This year’s team looks amazing, ” said Cassidy Knittle, a junior libero for the varsity volleyball team. “We have amazing hitters, great passers, and unbelievable setters.”

Despite having a losing record, the team is very positive regarding the future and their playoff hopes. The team has six more games left in the regular season, and with the team’s optimism and improvement, they believe those playoff dreams are very close to being a reality.

The team is currently in fifth place out of the six schools in the league; it sounds bleak, but if the Golden Cougars win three of their next six games, they would be in third place and within reach of the playoffs.

“I do believe that we have what it takes to make it to playoffs this year,” stated Knittle “Our improvement is showing in all our games.”

There are also other factors affecting the team’s games. One of them is the recent change in the coaching staff. Coach Ratanaphom, the former head coach of volleyball’s varsity team, was recently replaced by Coach Kester, the JV head coach. This sudden change has affected how the team has practiced and played.
“The change hit the returning varsity girls really hard,” commented Knittle “This made a really big bump in the road for us, but with the change, our team is improving so much more.”