Volleyball Senior Night

Maddie Kratz , Sports Reporter

Every athlete — past or present — will understand all the hard work, endless hours, ice, blood, sweat, and tears that go into your high school sport. It consumes the athlete’s life, and for those years playing it, it is going to be the most important thing to them. On the brighter side, all those high school athletes get a night all about them to celebrate all they have done to make it to that night. This last Tuesday, Oct. 4 was your very own Lakewood High School Volleyball’s senior night. It was definitely a rollercoaster of emotions for the team. 

Our eight seniors on the team this year included Sophia Boyer (#12), Helen Hylton (#3), Madeline Kratz (#19), Madalynne Sorge (#5), Elliott Snyder (#6), Jacquie Hudak (#11), Isabella Burnett (#0), and Calyn Smith (#16). These eight young ladies have turned the Lakewood Volleyball Program around and have brought us consistently winning seasons for the past two years in a row– which has been a long time since this has happened. 

This past Tuesday, they played Normandy in a game that everyone in the gym knew was going to be a good fight. The energy on Senior Night was just out of this world and it so quickly rubbed off on our opponents too, making it electric in that gym. Lakewood was able to bring home another amazing win against this team for an overall set tally of 3-1. The first set was 25-20, followed by another close one of 25-19, then the team took a hit and lost 21-25, but they came back in the fourth to win 25-19 again. 

The night was full of amazing plays and hard work. The starting lineup for all the sets featured all eight of the seniors, as well as junior Emily Potoczak and sophomore Layla Smith. These girls blended together to play as one team, one family, and one heartbeat in order to give these seniors the win they deserved. The Lakewood Times is so proud of these ladies for the time, energy, commitment, and passion they have shown this sport for these past 4 years. Good luck! And as Dr. G says best, “Long Live Lakewood”. 

Stats for the game: 43 kills, 11 aces, 4 blocks, 100 digs, 37 assists, and 78 serve-receive attempts