By Jeremy McDonald
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.– It was an emotional day for sure for the five Kennedy Senior Volleyball players:
For Emma Beyer, Kelsey Kleinschmit, Ellie Cantu, Elise Suing and Hailey Arritola, this was their final home game until the league playoffs next week as they embarked on the ultimate challenge of four-straight games over the course of this week.
“It was very emotional, especially with the pandemic we didn’t really have a chance to really have a crowd in the building. So it was really nice to have a somewhat normal setting and play with my best friends one last time,” Beyer said of the evening.
Parents were shagging balls, working the scoreboard, sanitizing the balls. Finding ways to help the girls play as the Trojans marched on with their challenging week first with Colton.
The Vikings however, preparing for their four-games in five days all on the road, came out ready for the rematch in the Kennedy 25-15, 25-7, 25-17 sweep Monday evening. Contesting the opening set and gearing up once more in the third set, once leading the Trojans 14-9 during the third set.
“We were getting all of the nerves out for tomorrow, I guess. I think we’re just taking it day-by-day; we come into our huddle and talk on things we need to work on and move on to the next thing. We just talk it out and every point-to-point and once that game is over it’s on to the next one,” said Kleinschmit.
“I definitely think keeping the energy up and I think that’s the main thing we were lacking tonight is communication overall. We didn’t practice at all over spring break, so it was just kind of coming into it,” adds Beyer.
It was a good shaking off the rust game nonetheless for the Trojans. Amity is on the docket Tuesday night and the 3A squad, led by six-foot Riley Stearns in the middle are riding high at 11-1. Kennedy finished off the match in Trojan fashion, playing sound volleyball and finishing the match on a 19-3 rally to improve to 10-0 on the year themselves.
“It’ll be a difficult game, but we’re definitely excited,” Beyer said of the Warriors.
It’s onto the next one, but as they wrap up Senior Night with pictures as a team and as a Senior group as a whole, it was a good way to put a bookend to a near-ending of a chapter of their high school careers.
“It’s been great. With everything going on, I think everyone’s just happy we get to have something and be with these girls we’ve been with since preschool for one last time. It’s been awesome,” Kleinschmit said of the day.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald