As the Bearden Volley Dogs’ regular season drew to an end, the team’s growth in confidence and teamwork has become something that cannot be ignored.
The Lady Bulldogs entered the season with open minds as they were faced with the challenge of welcoming new head coach Erin Biddle.
Senior Captain Claire Wilson admires what Coach Biddle has pushed the team toward this year.
“She pushed us to stay positive,” Wilson said. “She always wants us to play for each other and play with a purpose.”
The girls ended the regular season with a district record of 8-4. They hope to continue their success in the district tournament as they face Karns on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m at West High School.
The feeling of a fresh start was something that the team was able to embrace as a whole this season.
“Having a new coach gave the team an opportunity to try new things,” senior Cate Hosenfeld said. “It mixed everything up which was really good for us.”
Wilson felt that this year was critical as far as building a team bond.
“Throughout the year, we learned how to play next to anyone,” Wilson said. “A lot of our starters got hurt, so we had to adjust quick and work together.”
Wednesday night, Bearden played an impressive last home game, as well as hosting their Senior Night. They took down Halls in a three-set win.
“The way the girls ended last night on Senior Night was more than I could have asked for,” Coach Biddle said. “The whole bench was very loud, the girls on the court played very selfless, and I was able to see what we have been working on all season show up on the court.”
Added Hosenfeld: “Our Senior Night was really good. We had a lot of communication; I definitely think our improvement as a team would be the highlight of the season.”