Reed My Lips: My Volleyball Hands are Most Certainly Up

The Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team is off to a surprisingly good start. Starting off the season with a tournament win and a victory over the dreaded cross town rival that is Groves, this season is looking to be a Cinderella story.

With the loss of a senior class that will go down in history, fans of the varsity volleyball team didn’t expect this good of a start.

The team is lead by the captains, who include junior setter Paige Zywick, junior outside hitter Natalie Nepa, junior defensive specialist Madison Martin and senior defensive specialist Eleni Barr.

This young team is an elite group of girls that can really go far this season. With only four seniors on the team, the younglings are going to have to show their skills. This Seaholm team includes eight juniors, three sophomores and one freshman.

This group of young women has some players on their team who can really drop some bombs on the court. With intimidating spikers such as senior Emma “Chief Schief” Schiefelbein and sophomores Annie Schechter and Lauren McLeod, the Maples often snipe the ball between the other team’s players, alerting the student section that there is IN FACT, a sniper in the building. These snipers, although accurate, are often avoided by the student section due to the fact that they always make sure they get down. Whenever a sniper unloads a shot, the fans are alerted to get down to the ground to avoid the heat-seeking ball. This is a regular custom within the Maple Forest.

Sophomores Kate Carey and Lauren McLeod currently lead the team in kills with Schiefelbein in third and Schechter in fourth.

Not only does this strong Maples team have powerful hitters, they also have the finest of finesse players one can hope to find out on the court. With junior setters such as Paige Zywick and Maddie Varlese, and defensive specialists such as senior Eleni Barr and junior Madison Martin, non- Maples seem to have trouble getting the ball to find the floor on the opposing side.

The varsity volleyball team is currently sitting at a record of 18-6. They are also second in the league, behind Lake Orion and ranked 29th in the Class A in the state.

Due to the fact that the Lady Maples lost a plethora of seniors from the previous year, not a lot of people had high hopes for this season. I was one of those people, but not anymore.

Seaholm Varsity Volleyball has proved that they are a force to be reckoned with. Winning fourteen of their first seventeen matches, this rag-tag group of girls will soon be sitting pretty in the standings.

With the way the team has been playing this far, they won’t have any trouble finding themselves in the playoffs. As far as I’m concerned, only one thing comes to mind when I think of high school women’s volleyball playoffs. Marian.

The rivalry that is Seaholm v. Marian varsity volleyball can only be compared to that of the Romans and Carthaginians. An all-out, never-ending, heart-pounding, dream-killing and career-ending battle that can shake the nerves of the strongest man.

Sooner or later, the greater Birmingham-Bloomfield area will realize who the one true high school women’s volleyball General is.

This year’s playoffs will take place at Marian High School, which is just a stone’s throw away from Seaholm. I look forward to cheering on the Mighty Lady Maples take on the cross-town volleyball presence of the Marian Mustangs.

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