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Fall Recap: Viking Volleyball Sets New Standards

 

Lady Viking Volleyball has lots to be proud of from their 2017 season. The Seniors ended their volleyball careers with a 20-win season, defeating teams for the first time in program history setting several new program records along the way, but more importantly setting a new standard according to Coach Sarah Futo.

 

“These seniors set the bar higher in leadership, and in practice. They helped form a new identity on what it means to be a Viking Volleyball Player. It was special to watch them train together as a unit,” said Futo.

 

In the season of new standards old records were broken and new ones established with the seniors leading the way.  Caitlin Farr broke her own record of 75 aces set in 2015 with 76 aces this season. Lundy Lader topped two records this season. She set a new of 164 kills and 51 solo blocks, and Sophie Seneker set a new career digs record with 392 digs over her four-year volleyball career.

 

“I love these senior girls. They mean so much to me. They were a very special group of girls and if I could clone them I would,” said Futo. “It will be strange walking into the gym without them next season.”

 

The seniors all echoed that same feeling for their head coach. “Coach Futo and Coach Lance were the first coaches who really cared about us more than just volleyball players,” said Lundy Lader.

 

The seniors entered this season with a desire to be more than a team they wanted to create a family type environment so they established accountability partners to help create the culture they wanted. “We wanted friendship not intimidation. We wanted to be closer than a team. We wanted a family,” said Caitlin Farr. We thought if we could create and establish that we could be good team this season, but also in the future when we are not around anymore that this family culture would still exist and help the future volleyball teams,” said Sophie Seneker.

 

In the process of creating their family culture the seniors and teammates worked the middle school volleyball camp and as a result the volleyball program had the most girls in grades 6-12 participate in volleyball as a testament to their leadership.

 

When asked what they would miss the most about volleyball the senior girls were unanimous in their replies. They would miss “Hell Week,” Tutti-Frutti Fridays, and bus rides with their friends.

 

“We hope we made it fun for the entire team,” said Lader. “We can’t wait to come back next year and see the team compete.”

 

“I’m proud of the team this year and these seniors and what they stood for. I’m rooting for them in life not just on court and I want what’s best for them in their life. While I’m not ready to ever tell any of my players goodbye I know they must move onto their next phase of life. However, we will always be here to support them,” said Futo.

 

The Vikings will be returning six players from this year’s varsity roster along with the additions from the JV team for the 2018 season. They’ll return to work as a team in the summer.