The high school volleyball regular season has concluded and sectionals begin this week. For teams like Memorial, the Tigers are just thankful they were able to complete the regular season campaign and have the opportunity to compete in the postseason.
It's great," said Memorial Head Volleyball Coach Alicia Rasche. "It's good for the girls, it's good for all athletes to be able to compete this long. We weren't sure how far we were going to make it. So just being here I think it's good for their mental health to come out and play the game that they love and that goes for all sports.
"We're super grateful that we got to finish the regular season," said Memorial Junior Ainsley Buck. "Now we have one goal and that's just to win sectionals and we take it game by game and hopefully we succeed and we just do our best and work as hard as we can."
Memorial's 15-7 record came despite the team graduating 6 seniors from last year's squad, which forced younger players to step into bigger roles this season.
"I was a sophomore last year and we really learned from the seniors from last year," said Buck. "We really learned how to become leaders and we learned from each other and we just built as a team together and worked really hard together."
"We really miss them," said Memorial Junior Trae McCutchan. "Our team chemistry, everything flowed so well last year and we knew that we were going to have to work really hard to fill their shoes. They were great leaders, great examples and we've all just tried to really use them as examples to come out and do what they did."
The Tiger's dreams of playing at state came to a halt at last year's semi-state and the team is determined to finish the job this time around.
"We went into postseason last year knowing that we could go to state and win it all," said McCutchan. "Losing at semi-state was horrible and we've all just used that to come out and we don't want that to happen again."
"Last year it just really stunk that we had to lose but we worked really hard and we knew that this year we have to come out stronger than ever," said Buck. "So it really fueled the fire for us. So we just have to bring it in sectionals and the next step is regionals."