Despite a season full of unforeseen obstacles and uncertainty all along the way, the 2020-2021 Girls Volleyball season will be defined by much more. In her first year as Head Coach, Hailey Brown was able to establish a culture of growth while helping the players to commit to high expectations for themselves and for the program. The season ultimately ended with a 4 set loss to the 3A State Runner-Up, but Coach Hailey Brown sees a lot of positives for years to come:
“This season has challenged us in ways unimaginable. We battled through a number of tough matches this season and it was fun to watch the girls develop into confident athletes. We are so appreciative of all the dedication, hard work, and undeniable strong will the girls displayed through the unpredictable past few months. Although missing a few weeks of our season and rebuilding our schedule was not on our agenda, we worked hard to stay true to our values while maintaining the ultimate growth mindset continuing our path to success,” noted Coach Brown.
With the graduation of just three seniors, Sidney Jachimowicz, Sophie Thomas and manager Reece Ferguson, the Golden Eagles will bring back a core of volleyball players that include setter/right side hitter Claire Castor, outside hitter Ella Murphy and libero Maggie Christ.
“We have so much to thank our seniors for. They took on the challenge of change and modeled exactly what it means to be a Golden Eagle in this program, said Coach Brown. They have upheld the high expectations we have set and bought in to creating a winning culture. Sidney Jachimowicz took on the role of a new position as middle hitter with no questions asked and excelled in mastering her craft. Sophie Thomas was consistently composed in the back court and served as a mature, effective leader we all could look to.
“As we graduate two seniors, the majority of our starters are returning next season. We have been a very pin heavy offense and we look forward to further developing the middle of the court. This year’s sophomore and junior classes have a lot of determination to improve and I am very excited to see what the offseason training develops,” said Coach Brown.
Looking ahead to the 2021-2022 campaign, the Golden Eagles will look to take a step forward in the always competitive Circle City Conference while continuing the culture of growth during an important offseason. While Guerin Catholic Girls Volleyball will seek a different result in ending their season next year, the process of detail, teamwork and competition will remain the same.
Guerin Catholic Girls Volleyball will be hosting a Holiday Skills Camp on December 21-22 at Guerin Catholic. All 6th, 7th and 8th graders are invited to register with a link upcoming. Any questions, please reach out to Hailey Brown at email@example.com. Go Golden Eagles!