Freshman volleyball ends season as conference champions with 11-3 record


The freshman volleyball team finished with yet another successful season under head coach Bri Tilton. Tilton led her team to win the conference, finishing the season with an 11-3 record. 

“The season was really fun; we grew as individuals and as a team. We were successful because we had good communication and a good attitude in every game,” freshman Maggie Sneider said. 

Great communication and attitude truly did play a vital role during the season and was ultimately the main reason the girls had success.

“I thought we did very well this season,” freshman captain Kadence Roelfzema said. “[Coach Tilton] really pushed all of us to be the best and encouraged us a ton. She made every single player on our team better.”

Freshman captains Anna Thornburg, Kadence Roelfzema, and Letizia Cumbo-Nacheli served as a large part of the team’s success throughout the season. They always had great attitudes and came ready to play in every game. 

“It was an incredibly successful season, and we improved so much from the beginning of the season to the end. We started off as six individuals on the court and finished as a team of 6 players,” Letizia said. “We were a very strong team with an advantage of each girl having knowledge and skill already in their background.”

During the season, the girls had many close games and well-fought battles, but there was one game in particular that really stood out. On October 3rd, the Rangers took on a solid Byron Center team. This game was important for the Rangers because they wanted to remain undefeated in conference. The girls would lose the first set of this game by a 25-17 score, but what made this game so special was how the girls bounced back and ended up winning the next two sets by big margins. This game really showed that the Rangers could handle adversity and bounce back against good teams. It showed that they have the potential and skill to do so.

But this was only one of many great games for the girls. Another game was the conference championship where they played Byron once again and swept them 2-0. Not only did this game reward them with being the conference champions, but it also showed that the girls could step up when it counts. 

With this being said, the girls and head coach Bri Tilton were elated to end the season by beating their biggest rivals and being named conference champions.