By Jeremy McDonald
MT. ANGEL, Ore.– Lydia Berning had all eyes on her Tuesday night as the only senior being honored on Senior Night from the Kennedy Volleyball team as they hosted Gervais to end the season.
It’s been a unique season to say the least for the Trojans as they finished up their 4-11 season, but for Berning, it was important for her to be a leader for her squad through the thick-and-thin of this season.
“It was just important to be a leader and a role model for everyone. Be the one that pumped everyone up,” Berning said. “(Tonight) there was a lot of attention, but it was a fun night with all the students there supporting me. It’s been so much fun going to State all the time and makes a good program. It’s been really fun.
“Just having character and work ethic, those things that make you a good team. That’s what gets you far are having those things.”
For the Cougars, they’ve been Road Warriors this season with 12 of their 18 games being on the road. And while they’re batting .500 at home with a 3-3 record, they’ve been 4-8 on the road entering the Tri-River Conference league playoffs Thursday.
But the road win against their rivals in the Trojans, defeating Kennedy 25-12, 22-25, 25-18, 25-10, gave Gervais some extra momentum that they can pull it together on the road as well as at home as they host Western Christian Thursday.
“It’s really reassuring and just having trust in our teammates and having a good connection with everyone is really nice,” the Cougars Sarah Saalfeld said. “Just keep faith and keep confidence in each other and ourselves and really strive for greatness. Hard work and confidence really pay off a lot.”
Gervais has been 4-1 on the season as they wrapped up TRC play 7-11 overall and 6-5 in league play.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald