Girls Fall Sports Preview

Girls Fall Sports Preview

As the fall sports season kicks off, the Cumberland Valley girl’s sports teams are busy training and setting goals for the season. The girl’s soccer, cross country, volleyball, tennis, field hockey, and water polo teams are all working diligently to improve as individuals and as a team from last season.

            Last season, girl’s soccer had a record of 17-6-2, and lost in the state semi-final. As for their goals this season, Coach George Gemberling says, “We have high expectations at CV in everything we do, Girls Soccer is no exception.  Our goal is to make the season last as long as possible so we can learn and enjoy the game as much as possible.  To do that you must achieve smaller game by game goals, to advance into playoff scenarios.”

            To meet such lofty standards for the season, the girls are working together to become a cohesive team unit. To achieve this, they have frequent team meals and occasional sleepovers for bonding.

            Some notable players this season are Mallory Johnson and Jessie Bail, two returning seniors who have played varsity for 3 seasons.

            Compared to soccer, cross country is a more individual based sport, which is reflected in the team’s goals and plans for the season. Coach Derek Hockenberry says that the team’s overarching goal for the season is to “Work hard...and try to get as many runners as possible to the State meet.”

Some specific runners to watch this season are Grace Bechtel, Brianna Wagner, Chloe Donovan, Madison Johnson, Amanda Myers, Ella Dixson and Rachel Cook.

As for rivals, the girl’s cross country team is more focused on personal improvement than beating specific competitors. Hockenberry says, “I’m not sure we have a biggest rival.  Each race is an opportunity to challenge ourselves to be our best regardless of the other team.”

The girl’s volleyball team is also preparing for an intense season, in which they hope to make it out of districts and go far in postseason. They improved their teamwork and communication skills through multiple team bonding activities, including a team camp at UNC over the summer with trip to Virginia Beach.

Their biggest rivals this season are State College, Central Dauphin and Hempfield. To beat them, Coach Orner says that “We need to stay in system and do a good job with ball control, especially off serve receive.”

The girl’s tennis team is also preparing to play two major rivals this season, State College and Hershey. To beat them, Ally Graham (‘17) says, “We need to practice having consistency in our ground strokes and try to get more power on our serves. We also need to work on teamwork at the net and volleying.”

To build trust and communication, the team often gets meals together and usually plans one other team bonding activity outside of school.

            Teamwork is also a big part of individual growth, especially on the girl’s field hockey team. Antara Kulkarni (‘20) says, “We all positively critique each other and help improve each other's’ skills.” The team will use this positive mentality of constructive criticism to help them through the season.

            Some key players to watch on the field hockey team this season are Maddie Brown-Scherer, Becca Harbert, and Sydney Rimmer.

Lastly, the girl’s water polo team has also been working hard together in and out of practice. According to Mia Mattingly (‘20), “We all want to gain accuracy on our shots and work together and pass to each other more during games.”

Since so much of the team’s success banks upon their teamwork, the girl’s often do team bonding activities together outside of practice such as team meals, sleepovers, or team workout sessions.

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