Huskies take down Olathe East in season-opener

The varsity volleyball team defeated Olathe East, 2-0 (25-23, 25-14)


Bailey Thompson

The varsity volleyball team celebrates their first win of the season with the student section.

Lucy Halverson, Writer

The varsity volleyball team opened their season with a win against Olathe East, Aug. 28. The Huskies beat the Hawks 2-0 (25-23, 25-14). Sophomore Remi Nuss said she was proud of how the team played, especially with it being the first game of the season.

“I think we did pretty awesome for our first game of the season. Especially in the first set, we were able to overcome a lot of mistakes and pull through in the end,” Nuss said. 

Playing in a televised game and in front of a crowd, junior Alayna Pearson said the team knew they had to stay focused and play hard.

“You can never think of it as it’s going to be an easy game, but with it being televised and with a lot of our student body here we just knew we had to play as best we could,” Pearson said.

Head coach Molly Haggerty said having fans at the game provided the team with much-needed energy.

“The girls just play at a different energy level when they have their peers there. [The student body] brings another level of energy and excitement, and the girls feed off it,” Haggerty said.

Pearson agreed with Haggerty, saying the student turnout was a big part of why the team was able to have a successful game. 

“I think they need to be at any game and as many games as possible. They bring extra energy, I think it just fires everyone up. And when the crowd’s loud, we’re loud,” Pearson said. 

Haggerty said the team was strong on offense and hopes to continue with this moving forward.

“It was just a really balanced offense where everybody contributed, and I want to repeat that,” Haggerty said.

Senior Lindsey Farthing said the team’s performance will affect their mindset in future games.

“I definitely think now that we’ve proved to ourselves that our energy can help us win a game we’ll play really well and we’ll keep our energy up, even when we are getting bad,” Farthing said.