The Maricopa High girls volleyball team will use this year as a learning campaign to build for the future.
Maricopa finished its season last week with a loss to Globe. The Lady Rams won game one 26-24, then lost the remaining games by scores of 23-25, 6-25 and 16-25.
Due to a variety of reasons, junior Jenny Ly was called on to play setter for an entire match. “I would have been extremely pleased with her performance based solely on how she did as setter, contributing 12 assists, but she also had an incredible game serving,” Maricopa High head coach Paul Olson noted.
In game one, Ly went on a six-point run that included four aces, helping put Maricopa in a position to win. For the match, Ly finished with a total of seven aces, as Maricopa scored 11 points while she was serving.
“The season was disappointing for everyone involved, but there are many reasons to be hopeful about the future of the program,” Olson continued. “Even though we are losing the leadership of five seniors, we will have an experienced team coming back next season. There are some talented girls on the JV team that I am looking forward to having on varsity next year.”
To help build and strengthen volleyball in Maricopa, Olson will be starting club volleyball this year.
“Last year I started a club that I ran out of Chandler/Tempe; it is a natural progression to expand that program into Maricopa,” Olson remarked. “At this point it looks like we will have one 16’s or 17’s team and two 14’s teams. I would love to have more teams, and I think we have the interest to support it, but I have not been able to find the facilities for practice.”