According to Coach Ursula Kunhardt, the atmosphere of a Game Night can have an impact on the players, but the seniors did not let it affect them.
“Senior Night can always be emotional for the girls, for everybody, so it was good to see them keep their heads and stay composed,” Kunhardt said.
After a multitude of countless perfectly-timed sets made by junior Lucy Walsh, and persistent bumps from junior Jordan Perry, Redwood was able to fight back and win the next three sets to secure the win. Additionally, Ella and Taylor contributed to the game through their leadership and athletic plays.
After the match, Jeff Leslie, Taylor’s father, commented on how special it was for his daughter to be honored on Senior Night.
“I wanted to make sure I rushed to Redwood from work to make sure I wasn’t late for the senior ceremony, especially [with Taylor’s] sister [giving] one of her speeches before the game,” Jeff said.
Kunhardt emphasized Taylor’s key role on the team.
“Taylor is the absolute heart of our team…she’s always the one to get us fired up...she has so much energy and so much positive attitude,” Kunhardt said.
Dominic Spaethling, Ella’s father, also recounted how much he loves seeing his daughters play.
“I’ve been watching Redwood varsity volleyball for seven years. It’s always one of my favorite things to do, and I’m sad that it’s come to an end, but I’m really proud of Ella for being a part of this program,” Dominic said.
Dominic also brought up how his daughter being a senior has shaped her role on the team.
“She contributes on the court, and from what I heard tonight, it sounds like she also contributes off the court too, trying to be inspirational for her teammates through her play and attitude,” Dominic said.
Photos by Ryo Weng