For the first time in 12 years, the girl’s volleyball team have accomplished something that has been a very important goal for them: qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs.
“We all have had this dream since our freshman year,” said one of the co-captains of the team, senior Bethany Bunner. “It was so exciting to finally go to playoffs and see our hard work pay off.”
Although the team lost 3-2 to Burrell on Oct. 24th, players were gratified by the team’s accomplishment.
“It feels rewarding because no one ever talks about volleyball,” said senior Alli Sherbondy. “Finally Southmoreland is recognized for the sport.”
Assistant coach LeeAnn Richter is extremely proud of the team.
“They have worked hard since day one,” said Ms. Richter. “We work well together (because) it shows out on the court.”
Kristy Bunner, the coach of the team, is “beyond proud” of the girls and how they played this season.
“The underclassmen brought a depth that allowed us to keep winning through injury and illness. It was a honor and privilege to work with them,” said coach Bunner. “The saddest part is that we will lose eight seniors that brought so much to this team. I will miss their leadership, determination, and the fun and the laughter they brought to practices and games.”
Although the team lost, in some ways it still feels like a victory.
“Even though we wanted to win, our performance and effort was proven by making it that far since 2005,” said coach Bunner.
“This legacy gives volleyball a special place in my heart,” said Sherbondy.