Volleyball season ends
The Northampton girls volleyball team ended their 2013 season with a tough division game versus Nazareth on Friday, Oct. 11.
While a strong defense and consistent energy on the court kept the Northampton girls in the game, ultimately the season would end with a loss. Nazareth took three matches in a row with scores of 25-11, 25-21 and 25-21.
Northampton ended the season with an 8-12-0 record.
Looking back over the past two months and 20 games, Kids coach Morgan Litak believes the team has everything to be proud of.
"The girls gave their best over the season," said Litak. "They pushed themselves and they definitely achieved everything I asked of them. From August to the end of October, they are such a different team. They did such a great job of improving each game."
Northampton also faced off against the undefeated Parkland team on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at home in their next to last game of the season. While Northampton battled on the court, the dominant Parkland team ended the game in three with scores of 25-13, 25-12 and 25-13.
When asked about the season overall, Litak credits setter Alexis Morgan and libero Katie Schumanis with spearheading the team this year. According to Litak, the two stepped up as true leaders, even in the face of some tough losses.
Morgan and Schumanis are among the nine graduating seniors that the team will say goodbye to this year. Despite the large turnover for next season, Litak believes that the returning team members will continue to keep Northampton's fire alive on the court. Litak will be looking to team members like junior Olivia Kester, who has shown tremendous improvement this year, to step up in the 2014 season.
As for closing on this season, Litak can only explain how proud she is of the Northampton team.
"Even though we haven't had the most wins in the season, our defense overall and our drive to win is what kept us alive in many of our games," Litak said. "They did a great job; the girls really did make huge improvements this year."