Photo By Vinicio Gonzalez
The girls’ volleyball season comes to an end as they finish off with a league score of 2-15. Despite numerous injuries on the varsity team, they ended the season fixing the broken ties from last season.
Last year’s team wasn’t on the best of terms with each other, and it showed on the court. This year, the whole team felt that they were all on the same page.
Senior Sinclair Ashley said, “We are all really good friends, and it’s really different from last year because it wasn’t like that.”
Injuries have impacted the team’s performance. There were three major injuries, resulting in three starters sitting out for the majority of the season. Senior defensive specialist Shawna Mora suffered a major concussion, and senior setter Janell Kilborn sprained her knee. Freshman setter Natalie Mathers sprained her ankle at their final tournament. With both setters injured, the team was left to improvise.
However, senior night provided the team a hopeful outlook with the return of one setter, Kilborn. Mora was also able to come back for the last home game of the season. Generally a volleyball game is best three out of five; the girls’ battled Milwaukie to the end, taking it to five games.
The team remained hopeful in ending their season on a good note.
Ashley said, “We made it when our team wasn’t as bonded as now, the skills may not be as good as last year, but we are definitely getting there.”
The chemistry is there, but the privilege is not. Other teams have the ability to play volleyball year-round, but there are no Parkrose girls playing volleyball at the middle school level because sports were cut. And those that do have experience are able to afford club sports, increasing the gap between unexperienced and experienced players. When there are injuries, this lack of experience takes a toll.