Old friends, new rivalries

“Yes!” Greta Solbrig said. She’s on the edge of her seat. The freshman black team just has to win this game to advance. Solbrig was on the sideline giving encouraging words to her teammates. “We can do this!” Bulldogs serve it over, score! Game over, Bulldogs win the volleyball game 2-1 in the set.

“The Black team was a really hard team to play against,” Madeleine Allen, freshmen at Assumption said after playing them. Allen said her team practices five times a week and plays the team often.

“We usually have a tournament every weekend, either Saturday or Sunday,” Allen said.

Allen said even though playing each other is tough, she loves to compete and see her old friends from middle school.

“We get into it,” Allen said. “When we face each other across the net, we try to make each other laugh,” she said.

Allen has been playing volleyball since she was in fifth grade.

“I love the sport because it keeps me in shape. My coaches are great; they always encouraged me to play my hardest and give it my all,” Allen said.

Maria Manternach also plays for the assumption knights, and starts on the freshman team as a middle hitter.

She started playing volleyball during the summer of fourth grade at a volleyball camp that she was forced to go by her parents.