By Ben Murphy
Beaverton was like a thorn in the side to the Farwell volleyball team this season. On Wednesday, Nov. 6 the wound festered in the Pine River districts on Wednesday, Nov. 6, falling to the Lady Beavers 25-9, 25-19 and 25-15. It marked the third time this season Jack Pine Conference rival Beaverton had topped the Lady Eagles.
“Evidently we were not mentally prepared for a match,” Farwell head coach Jacob Sullivan said of the district semi-final loss. “Beaverton showed up to play and we never got any kind of rhythm going to get a high intensity level set. It is a tough way to end a season.”
Caron White had one kill and two digs, two blocks and was 13-of-13 serving, Lauren Ringwalt had two kills, six digs, six assists and two blocks, Kate Saupe had two kills and three digs, Jessie Theisen had two kills and three digs. Dani Hanna was seven-of-seven serving and had five digs and Kendra Robison was seven-of-seven serving with two aces, three digs and a block.
Farwell finishes the season 16-21-2 overall and 5-9 in the JPC.
“I think that we had a very successful season,” Sullivan said. “We played a wide variety of competition and all different skill levels of teams and we competed very well with all of them. The girls learned well and had fun doing it. This year’s team was a group of friends that enjoyed playing volleyball together and were successful doing it.”
The coach also looks forward to having most of his starting line-up return.
“Next year I will be bringing back four of our six starters but we will have big shoes to fill in replacing Ringwalt and White,” Sullivan said. “They did an awesome job this year and there is always a hole to fill when you lose excellent players, even if it is only a few.”