Home Court Advantage Volleyball Team recognizes benefits of playing in front of friendly crowd

The CG Girls Volleyball Team started the season with a 3-1 record that includes a win against New Castle (25-23, 21-25, 25-14, 25-23), a three set sweep of Martinsville, and a comeback from a 2-0 set deficit to defeat Avon ( 25-11, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18,18-16). However, on this past Saturday they suffered their first loss to Zionsville, falling 3-1.

Seniors Emma Jones and Taylor Dempewolf attempt to block a Zionsville hitter during the teams 3-1 loss on Saturday.

A home court advantage has been an essential component in the team's success so far this season. The support of the student section at home games has served as motivation for the team and as fuel as they prepare for the home match against rival Cathedral tonight.

"For home games we always have a student section and people that are cheering for us and it really helps us get hyped and play better," senior Taylor Dempewolf said. "I hope there is going to be a big student section against Cathedral because it's going to be a really good game."

Ellen LeMasters goes up for a kill in Saturday's home match against Zionsville.

Many of the players feel there are differences between playing at home rather than playing on the road, and they also feel this home court advantage could impact their upcoming, highly-anticipated game against rival Cathedral.

Senior Libero Devynn Merriman

"Home games are better because your fans, family and friends are able to come to any home game, but people may not be able to make it to away games. Home games get you fired up and make you want to show off in front of your friends and family," senior libero Devynn Merriman said. "I like it when the student section is actually standing up and yelling at the other server. Or if someone makes a great play and they go crazy."

Come support CGVB tonight at 7 p.m. in the Vandy Gym as they face rival Cathedral.

Sophomore Calista Stafford goes through pre-game warm-ups.
Seniors Devynn Merriman and Ellen LeMasters perform pre-game handshakes.
Sophomore Anna Line and senior Emma Jones go for a block against Zionsville hitters.

Credits:

Jamison Taylor | Photographer Aaron Toland and Cole McDaniel | Writers Kylie Johnson | Contributor

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