Lanham Ladies Volleyball Team
It’s a new school year and it’s already starting with a swing, pun most definitely intended :). It is also the start of the 2022 volleyball season and this year, the team consists of 6th- 12th graders. We were lucky enough to catch some volleyball players and we were able to interview them about their experiences and any advice they could lend to any potential players. First, Khloie DP. interviewed Rai B., the team captain, who was on her way to choir.
“The season has officially started and your game is next week. How are you feeling about the upcoming game?,” asked Khloie. “I am both excited and nervous, a lot of the people on this team are new, and it is their first time playing. I want everyone to have a good spirit and for them to do good,” she responded with a smile. “I want everyone to stay positive. I know we won’t win every game, but I want everyone to grow and do our best each time. I want to make sure they do their best and put in their best effort.” Team spirit and an uplifting environment are very crucial for a team sport such as volleyball and Rai agrees. “I keep thinking about what I can put out, and the energy I give is what will affect the team. I won’t be discouraging but will encourage and motivate. When you’re passionate about something, you find ways to push yourself, you find ways to improve.”
Next, we spoke to Julia T., a 9th grader that has been playing on the team since the 8th grade., and she plays back row. “I love the team as my family on and off the court. I also love the fact that our coaches teach us about self-discipline and they strive to have a special bond with every player on the team.” We asked her for any advice to give to prospective players and she said,”I don’t feel like new players should be scared, they should go for it and take that risk.”
Lastly, we spoke to Leydi H., who’s in the 8th grade and is a new player on the team and to the sport. She plays Libero, who is the back-row defensive specialist, and she chose this sport because she “liked the sport and found it fun.” Next, we asked her in which ways she felt like she could improve. “I could try to move around more and be more active.” Finally, we asked her what advice she would give to new players. “You should give your 100% at all times and listen to the team leader.”
So there you have it. Volleyball isn’t an impossible sport to learn and it’s a lot more enjoyable to play when you are surrounded by encouraging teammates and coaches that care about your well-being, not just your performance on the court. Lanham Christian School encourages prospective students or current students to give volleyball a shot and take that “risk”. I hope this will encourage someone to roll up with knee pads and bump, set, and spike for our Lady Lanham Lions. If you are unable, you can always come and support us at home games which are held across the street at Washington Bible College gym, and travel with us to our away games.
This is Dolcie, signing off <3