Volleyball team ends its tough season

By Robin Allard, sports editor

Jayden Gregory. Photo Editor
The volleyball team ended its season with a 4-19 overall record and a 2-12 conference record.

The Newman volleyball team fin­ished its season last Saturday with a 4-19 overall record and 2-12 conference record.

The Jets’ last two games were played against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and McMurry University. The first game ended with a 0-3 loss for Newman, while the second game ended with a 1-3 loss.

Despite those results, the team still enjoyed playing its last game.

“These last two games were very fun to play,” junior Gabby Loxterman said. “We ended the season with a lot of en­ergy.”

Loxterman led the Jets this season with 726 assists and 74 sets. Katelyn Schmidtberger, the only senior on the team, finished her final season with 288 kills. Tori Anderson lead the Jets’ defense with 273 digs, and Samantha Minihan ended the season with 40 total blocks.

Even though the Jets lost their last game, the experience has helped them gain experience for next year.

“People had to step up, and we played as a team,” Loxterman said. “Even though it would have been great to go out with a win, I was still very happy with the performance as a whole.”

Similarly, Schmidtberger was happy with the performance and enjoyed her last season as a Jet, she said.

“I have such a great team, and each challenge we had together made us that much closer,” Schmidtberger said. “It’s more than the win/lose record at this point, we grew to become a family. Each challenge we faced made us stronger in the end. We all played with a lot of heart our last game together, and I could not be more proud of each one of the girls out there.”

Although the Jets’ season has been tough, the team has kept working hard.

“The team this year had a lot of chem­istry,” Loxterman said. “In clutch situa­tions, things didn’t seem to go our way.”

Being one of the leaders for the team this year, Loxterman said she is excited and ready to prove that this year’s re­cord was an accident.

“I’m eager to see how we develop in the spring season, and to get back in the gym to improve,” Loxterman said.

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