Every year brings a completely new team, and after the loss of two of their star senior players, the Brusly Panthers volleyball team are looking to see how this year’s seniors will fill their rolls.
Seniors Kyana Thymes and Ariana Cipriano are both looking forward to taking leadership roles on this year’s team.
“As a player now that my role is switching in the position I will play, I hope to emphasize to my teammates that no matter where you play, it is important to be a student of the game to learn what all positions are suppose to be doing throughout the entire game,” Thymes said. “As a leader, I will continue to be the heartbeat of the team who is always smiling, making jokes and cheering to the top of my lungs.”
Cipriano said that, obviously, losing two outstanding players in Caitlyn Williams and Abby Hemba will be tough for the team, but she says that now it’s time for others to step up.
“I’m sure the coaches will try several different lineups to see what works best for this years team. The dynamics of this team are outstanding. We are all close friends on and off the court,” Cipriano said. “Everyone on this team will play a different role this year. As a player and leader, I hope to encourage my teammates along the way and set the example by showing that inspiring things can happen.”
Thymes agreed that losing big impact players will change the look of the team, but she is confident that the team will still have plenty of members will will contribute to the team.
“Big shoes are being filled by everyone to ensure our success,” Thymes said.
The focus won’t be only on the seniors though this year. The underclassmen will prove to be a force as well, if the summer workouts were any indication.
“For myself, I wasn’t able to play this summer due to an ankle injury. The coaches decided I would rest it to be ready for senior year. This allowed many of the underclassmen an opportunity to see a good bit of playing time and experience getting them ready to contribute to this team,” Cipriano said. “But overall, the summer identified our strengths and weaknesses. And it gave us an opportunity to get to know the incoming freshmen and help them learn the rotation.”