A season to remember

Sundance eighth grade volleyball team, back row: Molly O’Conner, Signe Simpson; middle: Jaslyn Seeley, Teila McInerney; front: Rachel Kuhl, Haley Marchant, Katie Rathbun, and Maddy Stoddard. Not pictured: Coach Andrea Humphrey. (Tina Simpson photo)

The Sundance eighth grade volleyball team finished the season by capturing first place in the NE District Volleyball Tournament on Friday, October 12. They ended their season with a perfect 22-0 record and had no matches go to 3 games. The Bulldogs went into the tournament with the number one seed, so had a bye the first round. In the second round the Sundance team faced Upton. Displaying a dominating offense and an unwillingness to let any balls hit the floor, the Bulldog team crushed the Upton Bobcats by scores of 25-9 and 25-10. In the championship game against the Newcastle Doggies the Lady Bulldogs came in with the muscle, an unbeaten season mark to defend, and a home team crowd to cheer them on. The Doggies were just hoping to be the spoilers and upset the Bulldogs on their own turf. Sundance came into the first game with total aggression and pounded the Lady Doggies by a score of 25-12. In the second game the Bulldogs played just as hard, but the Doggies were gritty and kept the game closer. The Bulldogs hung on to win the second game 25-21. The Bulldogs had a balanced attack from outside hitters Signe Simpson and Maddy Stoddard, middle hitters Teila McInerney and Haley Marchant, backside hitter Katie Rathbun, setters and backside hitters Molly O’Connor and Jaslyn Seeley. Rachel Kuhl came off the bench to provide some much needed serving and setting backup for the team.

Bulldogs also finished the tournament with around an 85% team serving percentage, which was really beneficial to their dominating victories. “This group of girls finished off their dream season in a dominating fashion. They have worked extremely hard for a number of years, in the season and out of the season. I have never coached a team more deserving of this honor. They are perfect examples of how hard work and dedication to something you love can pay off,” said Coach Andrea Humphrey.