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Eagles take on the Laton Mustangs

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Junior setter Kamryn Schultz sets the ball during a home league game against Parlier in October.

The Eagles varsity volleyball team will host Laton High School Mustangs in the first playoff game, tonight, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Both the coach and players are excited about having the “home-court advantage” for the first CIF Central Section Division V playoff game. The team is used to the court and can use that to their advantage. Coach Kit Maddox believes there are plenty of perks to having a home game.

“There are many benefits to home playoff games,” Maddox said. “We have a comfortable environment, positive crowd, and no travel. To me, this is the best our school and community will get.”

Senior Celeste Counts is looking forward to the advantages of having a playoff game at home.

“The benefit to having a home game is more people will come and support us, instead of the other team,” Counts said. “This is an advantage because the crowds’ cheering can put pressure on the other team. My main goal was to be better than I was at the beginning of the season, and make it to playoffs. I think we achieved what I wanted us to.”

Many players share a common goal for the first playoff game. Sophomore Kayla Vanderlinden, ‘20,  also hopes to be able to continue bonding with the team after this game as the season would continue.

“My goal for our first playoff game is definitely to win because then we can continue our season,” Vanderlinden said. “I want to keep bonding with the team. I hope to keep making stupidly funny memories together with my volleyball family. My main goal for this season was to become better than when I started the season, and I definitely have gotten better.”

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Junior Kaylee Clem passes the ball during an October home game.

Freshman Addison Schultz was pulled up from JV to varsity for playoffs along with another freshman, Natalie Arndt. Schultz’s goal for playoffs is to continue to get better and learn more as a player.

“My goal for playoffs is just to get better,” Schultz said. “I am a freshman, so I won’t get that much playing time, but I want to keep watching Kamryn (Schultz), because we are both setters. I may possibly be able to sub in for her once.”

Arndt hopes the team will play hard and continue to grow their skills. As a freshman, this will be Arndt’s first game with the varsity team.

“My goal is to definitely win the first playoff game, and move on to win our division,” Arndt said. “I think it is important to play to the best of our ability. My goal for this season was to get better as a player and grow as a team. I achieved this by growing in my ability and making new friends.”

Maddox hopes his team plays to the best of their ability while also showing a respect for the game and for the other team.

“I hope to show the other team our best game and our good character,” Maddox said. “The most honorable thing you can do is play your best against the other team, and respect both their game and them as people.”

Megan LeBlanc, ‘20, wants to be a good witness while playing volleyball.

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Julia Fikse spikes the ball while teammates Kaylee Clem (left) and Celeste Counts look on in an October match.

“We hope to show them the love of Christ and that we can be good sports whether we win or lose,” LeBlanc said. “I believe we should be humble if we win and congratulate them if they win. It is important that we play with respect. My favorite part of this season has definitely been my teammates. This team is so closely bonded and we love and encourage each other so much.”

Many of the girls had a goal throughout this season to end it as better players than they were when they began. Maddox is looking forward to taking the improvements the team has made and displaying them during the playoffs.

“Our main goal for the season was to improve ourselves throughout the season,” Maddox said. “We have done that incredibly well. Now we get to take that improvement and play our best for playoffs.”

Come out to cheer on the Lady Eagles tonight at 6:30 p.m. The girls hope to see a large crowd at their first playoff game.

For more articles on Fresno Christian’s volleyball team, read New coaches bring expertise to volleyball and PROFILE: Celeste Counts excels as libero on volleyball team 

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