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Senior libero Jaelyn McClure is constantly telling the Silver Creek girls volleyball team that it needs to play in synch, “like a heartbeat.”
The Raptors have been searching for that synchrony through the early portion of Season C, and they appeared to have found it on Hawaiian Night on Tuesday. The Raptors swept visiting Greeley Central, 25-13, 25-12, 25-11, for their first win of the season.
“It feels really good and I felt like we connected as a team,” Raptors junior Hayden Huber said. “We played our hardest and like Jay says, we played like a heartbeat. We were constantly together, we trusted each other and we believed in each other. I think that’s how we won this match.”
The Raptors (1-3, 1-2) also picked up their first NCAC victory on Tuesday night. They led the Wildcats (0-2, 0-2) from start to finish to win each game by double figures.
After finishing last season with a 19-6 overall record and a Northern League title, the Raptors graduated a talented senior group that included all-state hitter Caitlin Volkmann. Considering they are having to rearrange the puzzle in order to piece together a roster during a pandemic, Huber said she hopes Tuesday’s breakthrough win was a step in the right direction.
“Hopefully this will lead to more wins and help us connect with each other as a whole,” Huber, a Texas Christian beach volleyball commit, said. “This is a new team and we have a lot of people, so there are a lot of holes to fill this year. We’re trying to fill them in and be the best that we can be.”
Huber and fellow junior Megan Sotiroff are currently the Raptors’ leaders in kills. Kaylynn Wolff and Amy Terrion lead the team in blocks. Senior Emma Stenner and Rachel Mau are tops on the club in digs. Hannah Williamson and Mau are pacing the team in assists.
Raptors head coach John Miller was thrilled with how his team played against Greeley Central, something he hopes they can continue in Wednesday’s home game against Frederick and in future contests.
“I think we’re finally meshing together and gelling as a team,” Miller said. “We have a relatively new group of girls playing together and we finally played the way I know they’re capable of playing. And they had fun doing it. That’s a key to the whole thing.”