By: Bella Tarzia
The women’s volleyball season comes to an end with 5 seniors leaving the program as they played for the last time on the home court against Barry Goldwater.
This year the volleyball program welcomed 3 new coaches. Head coach Brumbaugh, JVA coach Petruzziello, and JVB coach Paulino. This was a big change for the girls but they were still determined to make it to the playoffs.
The girls started the season off with a win against Apollo. Over the next few weeks from then, the team had their best winning streak, 5 wins against various schools across the Valley, which gave the team a major boost of confidence to dominate throughout the season.
The team’s wins and losses varied through the season recording 8-7. But with the roaring student section behind them, the team ended with a huge win playing against Barry Goldwater, sending the team to the playoffs. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. All of us girls have worked so hard this season and we definitely deserved to make it there,” said varsity captain Kasiah Johnson.
“It was an exciting moment for the program, and something our team next year can build off of,” said starting libero Jordan Fairchild.
Unfortunately, the girls fought long and hard but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Marana High School.
This season the program will have 5 seniors graduating this May. Captain Kasiah Johnson is planning to attend university to study Sports Marketing. Captain Emily Bey plans to attend university and major in dental hygiene. Defensive specialist Anize Leyva plans on attending West Coast Ultrasound Institute and receive a bachelor’s degree in Ultrasonography in 3 years.
Defensive specialist Haleigh Mattingly plans on attending university and majoring in biology. Lastly, the only senior planning to continue their volleyball career into college is starting libero Jordan Fairchild, who will be attending Washington College in Maryland to play Division 3 volleyball and will be double majoring in psychology and pre-law.
We give a huge congratulations to Kasiah Johnson for making All-Region 1st team, Emily Bey for making All-Region 2nd team, as well as Jordan Fairchild and Ashlyn Blakely for being honorable mentions.
This season was “emotional” said Johnson and it was all about “growth” said Fairchild. “At the beginning of the season, it was very different from what we’ve been used to, but by the end of the season we all had adjusted and learned to play together as a team. Our coach helped us improve on things like blocking and running new plays,” said Johnson.
“Agua Fria volleyball will do amazing things and I cannot wait to watch. The program is full of talent and I hope they run with it,” said Johnson.
“I know you all will do amazing things even though the seniors are gone. Everyone we are leaving behind has amazing skills and energy. Keep up the great work and oh, and Owl Pride!” said Fairchild as her final goodbye to the program.
You can expect to see the program in the weight room this offseason as many of them will be playing on the sand court this spring. Coaches and players are encouraging everyone to try out and they hope to see you there!