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Pirettes exact revenge on Schulenburg’s Lady Horns
Junior JournalistsOctober 30, 2013 | 2,001 views | 1 comment
By Alyson Garza
The Poth volleyball team has had 15 playoff appearances, 15 area appearances, 15 regional quarterfinal appearances, 12 regional semifinals appearances, 11 regional finals appearances, nine state semifinals appearances, and 11 state finals appearances, and has won eight state championships. Over the years the volleyball team has put its little town on the map. The girls are known across the state for their exceptional talent.
Up until last year, the Pirettes hadn’t lost a district game in nine years. Since that loss against Schulenburg, a rivalry has sprung up with the Lady Horns. “Schulenburg is considered our biggest competition. The game against them is very intense,” said freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Keely Loeffler. There are many reasons why there is an animosity between the two exceptionally skilled teams. “[Schulenburg] took what we were looking for last year -- the state title,” said junior setter Alyssa Kruse.
Last year, the Poth girls won the home game and lost the away game. Both were intense matches that the girls will never forget. They met again at the regional finals and the Pirettes lost, ending the 2012 season. Senior outside hitter and left back Jordon Schneider said, “It’s a game we’ve experienced our ups and downs. We’re working really hard to try and beat them this year and regain our dominance.”
Despite the hard losses of last year, the team has been working to make another big playoff run and continue the great legacy of Poth volleyball. Some say one of the biggest factors is the support of the fans. The girls have the support of the school, family, and the whole town. The gym gets filled with energy, and this energy gets into the other team’s heads, helping the girls. The same energy occurs at away games. The Schulenburg gym is filled with fans who cheer on their team and try to get into our players’ heads.
“[The crowd] doesn’t affect me at all. If anything, their fans should affect us but it doesn’t,” said Schneider.
The girls have been working for revenge on their rivals. Their practices are bright and early in the morning or after school, sometimes even on weekends. “The practices take hard work, dedication, and heart,” said junior and libero Alison Jarzombek.
“We’ve been trying different rotations and people to see what works best,” said Schneider.
“Our practices are always hard and intense to make us better,” said Loeffler.
Unfortunately, the team traveled to Schulenburg earlier this year and lost in four. However, last Saturday the Pirettes had the home team advantage. The Lady Horns fell in three games: 25-20, 25-21, and 26-24. Both teams will be looking to protect their tie for first place in the last few games of district play. The Pirettes travel to Karnes City on Friday and host Hallettsville on Tuesday.
Alyson Garza is a junior at Poth High School. The Junior Journalist is a member of the color guard and Poth Pirate Band; she participates in UIL journalism. The daughter of Jimmy and Rosa Garza hopes to study to be a registered nurse and would like to travel with missionaries to other countries.
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