End of the road for the War­riors

Liver­pool ends sea­son with loss to North­east Kings

The Queens County Advance - - SPORTS - BY JENNIFER VARDY LIT­TLE

The fu­ture of vol­ley­ball at Liver­pool Re­gional High School is look­ing bright.

Al­though the War­riors missed out on a trip to re­gion­als by one game – los­ing two sets 25-19 and 25-17 at the hands of the North­east Kings Ti­tans from Kings County in a special game for the fi­nal spot played Nov. 10 on their home court – the team has come a long way in a few months, says co-cap­tain Cait­lyn Cole.

“It was a re­ally good sea­son, a big im­prove­ment from last year. We can ac­tu­ally set it up, hit it,” she said. “And com­pared to last year, our over­all team just works re­ally well to­gether.”

The team, she adds, has grown sig­nif­i­cantly since the sea­son be­gan in Septem­ber.

“It was re­ally a com­pet­i­tive year for us, es­pe­cially as we im­proved as a team,” Cole said. “We could keep up with other schools and other teams. We could win some, and we lost some, but we were a lot closer to them this year.”

Cole is one of only two play­ers the War­riors will lose to grad­u­a­tion this year – the ma­jor­ity of the team is made up of younger play­ers who will con­tinue to im­prove next sea­son, she said.

“It’s re­ally im­pres­sive to have this com­pet­i­tive of a team with so many Grade 9 and Grade 10 play­ers,” she said. “It’s a learn­ing team and a de­vel­op­ing team.”

Many of the play­ers had never tried the sport be­fore a few months ago, Cole added.

“We had fun, and that was the best part.”

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Glis Can serves for the War­riors.

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Raya Dunn vol­leys the ball.

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Emily Swans­burg dives through the air af­ter the ball but just misses it.

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Raya Ste­wart reaches for the ball.

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Leah Whynot blocks the ball.

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