Don’t let their record fool you. The Kaiser’s girls volleyball team may not have gotten off to the start that they would have liked, but they’re not letting that hold them back. They have suffered some losses, but there is nothing they hate more than losing. They are intent on reversing their their current ratio of 1 win and 4 close losses. “We just want to win and improve our record. Hopefully in the long run we can make it to the playoffs,” said senior Shay-lyn Kwock, a defensive specialist.
The girls have a few things they want to work on. “One of our weaknesses as a team are our team chemistry. We get ourselves [down],” said Pulelehua Keb, a junior outside hitter. Despite their troubles on the court, the girls have been hitting it off, off the court. From team lunches every game day to sleepovers at the gym with singing competitions and skits, their bond has grown into a sisterhood. Now they just have to click on the court.
“[We need] to work together more on the court and play as a team,” said Kwock. We need to just support each other more.”
Another way they plan to turn things around is through practice. “I feel like they’ve been getting harder,” said junior Natalie Nishiguchi, defensive specialist. With a lot of scrimmaging and an emphasis on ball control, the girls are working hard for game time. Like the saying goes: “The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.”
The team is lead by three team captains: junior Pulelehua Keb, senior Keala Skeele and sophomore Kayana Mossman. The captains have taken it upon themselves to be leaders on and off the court. “There’s more responsibility to carry our team in a positive way and to encourage them,” said Keb on being a team captain.
The team also features four seniors: Kwock, Maddie Barcelona, Kana Walker, and Skeele. Many of the girls have played the game for a long time – some since their elementary school days. They have developed a love for the sport and their teammates. “What I love most about volleyball is playing the game: the sport itself and playing with others especially this team,” said Skeele.
While the team may not have gotten off on the right foot, it’s not about the start—it’s about how the game is played.