Setting up success
The rivalry between Olentangy and Olentangy Orange runs throughout each sport. Thursday, Sept. 15, was historic to the volleyball program as it was the first time the varsity team had ever beat Olentangy in a game that went 3-1. The team currently 11-4 this season.
The team has been sticking with its goals and it has won a majority of its games, only losing to Hilliard Davidson, Dublin Coffman, Olentangy Liberty and Beaumont.
The objectives that the team has are very important to them. “Our goals for the season include defending our conference title and always being the most competitive team in the gym,” senior captain Ashlan Riley said.
The volleyball team isn’t slowing down and they aren’t letting the struggles they’ve encountered so far this season bring them down.
“So far the season hasn't exactly gone as planned. We would have expected to finish with the win in both our tough five set losses with a win against Davidson and Liberty. We're learning a lot about building the program and the appreciation of hard work and truly being dedicated, also willing to take that extra step that all great teams take in order to be successful,” Riley said.
Coming off of last year’s record-breaking season, winning their conference for the first time and having an overall winning record of 21-4, the team looks ahead at what they can do in order to continue progressing in their skills, both individually and as a unit, alike.
“In comparison to this year I think we are further along in our skills and ball control than we were last year. I also think we are closer as a team than last year. We have a lot of potential,” senior captain Sami Rubal said.
The team is young in age with seven underclassmen making up varsity compared to five upperclassmen. Two of the seven underclassmen are freshmen.
“This team is quite young and inexperienced, which makes this our weakest aspect since we have a lot of tough competition in our new schedule,” varsity head coach Katie Duy said.