More than just a Sport

Pinnacle Volleyball wracked up an impressive season, which fell victim to COVID before State finals.

Matthew Scott, Staff Reporter

The Pinnacle High School (PHS) Girl’s Volleyball Teams wrapped up their regular season in the fall facing the number 2 ranked team in the state, Hamilton. Although they lost, the varsity team put up a good fight and finished their season with a record of 12-3, clinching an entry to the state playoffs. Sadly, a Pinnacle player got Covid which made the team ineligible to play. However, their incredible season deserves recognition.

PHS Volleyball gave the players more than bragging rights this year. Senior varsity setter Skylar Kobielush said, “[Varsity] support[s] the JV and freshman teams to connect with the kids which makes them look up to you.”

 The varsity players inspire the younger players by setting great examples that one day the younger kids may pass down to the next freshman class. 

Jadyn Hurt, freshman, said, “They taught me and all the other freshmen to put everything on the court, no matter what the circumstances are.” 

This sport created a caring community for these players, along with new relationships that remain unbreakable and special.

The girls also learned new tips from professional volleyball players. The JV team added a new coach this year, a retired professional. 

JV player Tenae Deberge, sophomore, said that the coach enabled them to grow in their skill.

“[The Coach helped us] learn about the pro leagues and stuff along with all of her volleyball tips,” said Deberge.

They continued to sharpen their skills but also learned what it takes if they want to make a career out of volleyball.

 An important night for the team, Senior Night, allowed the teams to wrap up their season and time spent together as a team. During the special night, all the players and parents commemorated the senior players by looking back at all of their past volleyball experiences. 

“It’s a night for us, so a lot of people who don’t get to play definitely play senior night and everyone is just excited for us,” Kobielush said. 

The night proved a special experience not only for older girls, but the entire Pinnacle volleyball community. 

The Covid news remained devastating throughout the season, the team chose to focus on the positive side of their situation. With Pinnacle Freshman and JV teams ending with nearly undefeated records this season, the future of Pinnacle volleyball looks promising.