From left, Staples-Motley assistant coaches Ashley Rubner and Cy Bestland with Head Coach Gretchen Bestland.

Volleyball team looking at building momentum

A buzz of excitement is going through the Staples-Motley gym as the volleyball team has been practicing early in the season.

“There is a lot of energy, a lot of excitement around the program,” said Coach Gretchen Bestland. “We have strong senior leadership with our three captains and two other seniors.”

Captain Chelsea Nanik said “we are having more fun this year, we are having a good time.”

Captain Mackenzie Zetah said “We have a lot more confidence in ourselves this year.”

The attitude and confidence are paying off on the court. “We are hitting, controlling our passes, playing better as a team,” said captain Mardi Opheim.

The team had a scrimmage on Aug. 22 and came away with positive impressions. “We were really competitive with the other teams,” said Nanik. “We were missing some girls so the younger players played and they did good, too.”

Bestland said the team has 34 players in grades 9-12. “There is a lot of talent coming up through the ranks,” she said. “They are looking really good, our players have grown in their skills.”

For a team that has struggled to win games in the past few years, Nanik said their main team goal will be to simply win more games.

Bestland agreed, saying “This year we are looking for success, that will start to build momentum in the program.”

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