Sports: Young Talent: M-A’s Varsity Freshmen
With the graduation of several dominant seniors, M-A’s varsity sports teams are being rejuvenated with incoming seniors and juniors who are eager to represent their school. This fall season, many of the freshmen have also risen to the challenge and made varsity teams, a definite feat for underclassmen.
Girls represent the freshman class well in varsity sports this fall, with more than ten total.
The Volleyball team has welcomed Kirby Knapp and Kiana Sales, setter and server respectively. Junior Katie Wilcox, a hitter who herself made varsity as a freshman stated, “Kirby contributes a lot because she’s our starting setter, which is really impressive for a freshman.” As setter, one is responsible for getting the ball to the hitters. Katie continued that Kirby is “doing whatever she can to make our lives as hitters easier. Kiana is really strong; in our first game [she] went in and got six aces, it was crazy.”
Freshmen girls on the varsity tennis team are: Libby Kirk, Julia Chang, Sarah Tiemann, and Natasha Auer. Libby Kirk described the experience as “intimidating,” but continued to say that overall she greatly enjoys being on the team. She hopes to make the number-one seed by the time she is a senior but for now: “We just have a lot of fun, going out there and playing.”
The M-A varsity dance team recently added Lauren McLaughlin and Cristina Tom, two freshmen who support the strong team.
Kyra Sheeper is the only freshman on varsity girls water polo, a field player who only started playing water polo for her first time this summer. She explained it is sometimes “difficult, because everyone has more experience than me… But I like that challenge because then I get to grow and become a better player.” With a collective team goal of winning CCS, Kyra looks forward to the season. She summed up her experience so far as “incredible.”
It is undoubtedly exciting for M-A sports to see such young talent, foreshadowing a great future for M-A athletics.