The Forgotten Faces of Brashier Volleyball
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Brashier’s volleyball is one of the most competitive sports at Brashier. All of the girls on the team pare a true representations of outstanding athletes and team players. Students can look at these girls and see the pure talent, but do these students notice the people behind the scenes? The ones that boost the girls up, keep their stats, and help with everything the team needs in order to succeed? The team managers, Ashley Lewis and Jordan Steele, are two important very parts of the Brashier volleyball team. Even though these girls may sit off to the side during the games, that doesn’t mean they don’t have significant part in the girl’s success .
“They are really sweet and cheer us on during all of our games. They also shag balls during practice and help us setup for practice and games,” says Freshman Kayla Arce.
Even though the girls may sit on the sides, they are seen as members of the team, and are expected to participate in all workouts, fundraisers, and games.
“We do have to practice with the team just like any other one of the players. We mostly run, and when we do it’s, significant amounts,” says Junior Team Manager, Jordan Steele.
Being a team manager is not only looked down upon by some students, but it’s a very difficult job to have. The team managers are relied on to keep stats, and cheer on their teammates. Students don’t realize how difficult it is to stay alert while also keeping track of everyone’s stats.
“It’s really hard to keep stats because one second you can look down to put a play in then you look up again and something else has already happened and you have to keep catching up,” says Steele.
The team really looks at the managers for help and also finds them a huge positive asset to the the team, as well.
“I hear my managers constantly, during games and practices, encouraging their teammates. Not only are they encouraging but they’re also understanding the game more and more which is so exciting for me to hear. I love seeing their volleyball IQ’s getting higher. The only difference between my managers and the athletes who are on the court is that the one’s who have a jersey. They’re just as much a part of the volleyball program as all the other athletes and my hope is that they continue to grow and are capable of receiving a jersey next season,” says Volleyball Coach Haleigh Horgan.
Overall, the managers have worked very hard to make a name for themselves, and all Brashier students should consider how important they are to the school’s volleyball team. This year has been a great learning experience for the managers and they couldn’t be happier.
“I’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season. This is really new to me, I’m sort of an introvert so trying to be out there and cheer for my team was difficult at first. It’s been a real cool experience grasping how to become a team player and support the ones around me,” says Steele.