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One Last Game at Lewis Cass

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Last Thursday was Senior Night for The Lady Kings’ volleyball team. At the beginning all of the seniors, including me, were nervous. We didn’t want to let the sport each one of us has cherished for the past years just wash away as if it meant nothing. The senior girls this year are Kenzie Silcox, Kaylin Silcox, Addison Wagoner, Kallie Nies, Brannyn Spencer, Emily Goodman, and me of course.

As all of us, the seniors, arrived, we hung up our banners, decorated our senior tables, and laced up our shoes for one last game at Lewis Cass. The start of the game was the most emotional part out of everything: the senior introductions. As each one of our names got called, they announced our accomplishments, our academic clubs, and our future plans after high school; however, they also read off a short ‘thank you’ to our parents that we wrote. Seeing all the seniors and their parents tear up was a feeling that left me speechless. The time had come. We would never set the net up for a game again. We would never lace up our shoes and play in front of our home fans again. Most of all, we would never play on this court again.

“Stepping out onto our home court one last time was a sad feeling: The court was a place where I had become close to the people I now love. The court where I could let everything go. The court where everything starts is now just a memory. To my teammates, please enjoy every second of it. You’ll cry some tears and overcome some fears, but soon, it will be your memory too,” said senior Addison Wagoner.

We played Peru that night. The game was like a dog fight. Peru topped us in the first set 27-25; however, it felt as if we won because of the hard play that we put into that game. Not one of our teammates gave up even though we may have been losing at times. As the game went on, we kept going back and forth with Peru. They beat us, we beat them and so on until we reached the fifth and final set. Before the set started, we knew it was a race to fifteen so we had to play by intervals of five; however, the set didn’t go as planned. We got stuck in a serve receive that caused us to get down six points. I remember the gut feeling when the score was 14-9, and we knew that one mistake would cost us the whole game. We fought as hard as we could, but we didn’t survive.

“It didn’t end how we wanted, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to play with these girls on our court one last time,” said senior Kallie Nies.

Brannyn Spencer added, “I’m gonna miss this team, but most of all, I am going to miss the memories we have created this year.”

Senior night was a night that we would all remember no matter what. All of us left the court knowing we had left it all out there. We played our hearts out every point, but we fell short in the end. Many of us walked away from that game with bruises all over from the diving plays we would make to keep the ball alive. All the sweat, tears, and nerve-racking plays we had in that game may have not got us the win; however, it gave us the feeling of accomplishment. We knew that we played our hearts out and even though the scoreboard says we lost, we knew that we had won.

Senior Emily Goodman said, “Win or lose. What matters is growth. Our coach always tells us that every touch you get on a ball makes you a better player, and you can definitely tell we have progressed so far in this season alone. To my teammates, cherish every practice as well as every game because one day it will be the last time you step on the track, court, or field with your teammates.”

Seeing volleyball start to dwindle down leaves me with an empty feeling in my heart. The sport that made me feel free was now fading away. The sport that brought me many new friendships was about to end. The sport that feels like home was about to be taken away, and I don’t know what to think. I don’t want to let this sport go, but I know that bigger and better things lie ahead; however, one thing that I will never forget is my volleyball family. I love you guys and I cannot thank you enough for having my back when I get down on myself. You all will forever hold a special place in my heart.

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5 Responses to “One Last Game at Lewis Cass”

  1. Tyson Good on September 25th, 2018 1:28 pm

    Great article Ashli, I love how you included all the seniors and how they were feeling after Thursday nights game. I will miss watching you play, you had a great season!!

  2. Brannyn Spencer on September 26th, 2018 10:52 am

    I love how you explained your emotions as this season comes to an end. I relate to everything you stated and it is very upsetting. Great article Ashli!

  3. Bill Isaacs on September 26th, 2018 4:09 pm

    Great job! You captured the essence of the evening and the many emotions of the seniors. All of you have contributed and pulled things together this season. Proud of you!

  4. Reece Rodabaugh on October 1st, 2018 12:12 pm

    Great article! I like how you included all of your seniors and also your guys feelings after Thursdays game. Im glad my sisters have a great leader like you on the team and I wish you the best of luck when sectionals come around.

  5. Alex Myers on October 4th, 2018 8:03 am

    Ashli this is an amazing article and it gave me chills. Having a sport that is your go to thing is something not a lot of people get to feel. It has to be devastating to know that you will never play another set on that court. I don’t know how I will feel after next week when I play my final football game at Cass or after senior night of wrestling season. Good luck on the rest of the season Ash.

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