Volleyball Season Review

Volleyballl Season Review
Posted on 11/18/2019
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Lily Graff
Staff Writer

With a loss to Bishop Shanahan in the first round of states on November 5th, the Cumberland Valley Girls Volleyball Team has officially concluded their postseason. Although it was filled with many ups and downs, the girls stayed strong this year and maintained a solid overall record of 25-8-2.

Their combination of key players and a strong passion for the game, helped the closely knit team to be successful.

Coach Jackie Orner reflected on their accomplishments this season and recounted the endless memories the team shared. Although a fall sport, volleyball season starts up as soon as summer begins with many open gyms and training opportunities for the girls to develop individually and alongside others. 

Orner said, “The first win against Central Dauphin… I think that was the first time these girls recognized their talent level because a lot of them hadn’t played together much over the summer. So, you never really know what your going to get going into the beginning of a season. So, that was the moment when we could all breathe.”

Although proven to be fierce competitors from the start, Cumberland Valley was bound to face challenges along the way.

Orner said, “This year we had a few more ups and downs. We had a lot of good, but we struggled to maintain the consistency in our play this year. But, I think the girls fought through things, grew stronger together, and as the season progressed, we did as well.”

As far as the level of play, the team and coach were content with their placement. It was a great experience for the girls to play against many teams and it allowed them to compile wins.

Orner said, “I think our district is one of the strongest districts in the state for sure and the Mid Penn as a whole, not just in the Commonwealth division, but the whole way across had representation far into postseason. So, I think our league and our district had done a great job of representing our league and ourselves strength wise across the state.”

Although they upheld a solid record overall, a few losses were marked in the books for the team. However, rather than being defined by their losses, the team gained knowledge and grew stronger.

Orner said, “Our losses to State College were tough and I wish we had been able to take at least one from them, they are a very solid team. Also, I wish we hadn’t dropped the one to Central Dauphin because I think we were capable of getting both of those wins. So, I think that was disappointing, but all in all, I was happy with our record.”

The team’s seasonal record was impressive and they carried their positive energy throughout their post season. They advanced into the state competition, but were knocked out by Bishop Shanahan in the first round.

Reflecting on the game, Orner said, “Unfortunately, we faced Bishop Shanahan, which is one of the top 4 teams in the state and played in the state finals last year. We came across them first round of states. So, it’s hard when you get a draw like that."

Although volleyball season has concluded, the team will forever have the memories they shared with their teammates, coaches, and departing seniors. They enjoyed going on food trips, traveling to tournaments or games, and riding on the bus together.

Orner said, “Off the court there were so many memories. The team camp was awesome, in Virginia. We went to UVA for the first time and the dinners at Shady Maple were really enjoyable. The girls had eating contests. Another favorite was the trip to North Allegheny which was our first time competing against the stronger teams in the Pittsburgh area.”

As this season comes to an end, the future looks bright as younger classes are introduced to the program. These girls are bound to become part of the family that CV Volleyball represents and continue dominating on the court.

Orner said, “I think we have a lot of young talent that was on the court this year. We will be missing some key seniors who leave some big shoes to fill. But, I think with some time and some reps we have the young talent to do it. I think the younger players coming up through will continue to keep the strength and the level of competition that Cumberland Valley has been known to have.”
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