Volleyball is Back


For the first time since September 8, the PHS volleyball teams will hit the PHS court tonight to take on the North Country Raiders Tuesday, September 29 at 6.
The PHS volleyball program took a devastating blow when both the junior varsity and varsity teams were quarantined in early September. To make up for lost time in their season, the volleyball team has a packed schedule with more than 6 matches in the next 2 weeks. They will play at home versus North County on Tuesday, September 29. They play Bismark the following day Wednesday, September 30 at home. The next day they will travel to Fredericktown to play on October 1. On Saturday, October 3 the varsity team plays in a tournament at Rolla, while the JV will host their own tournament at home.
A new coach has stepped up to lead varsity the team, Kari Sadler. Junior Chelbi Poucher said, “She’s great! She’s hard on us and pushes us to be the best we can be and we need that. In the beginning I was not thinking we would work the way we work now because I was never coached that way. Now I truly understand the basics of the game and the purpose. We play with a purpose. Coach Sadler has handled this situation very well. She has a lot on her shoulders and she couldn’t have done any better,” said Poucher.
One thing that hasn’t changed this year is the girls’ passion and hard work into what they are doing. Poucher went on to say, “Our team has already improved so much. I was seeing quick results after the first two weeks of open gyms in the summer. We have worked so hard for this season that isn’t promised to us and we can’t let up.”
Lastly, Poucher commented, “You aren’t guaranteed your next game so I now play like it’s my last and that has pushed me to work harder with 110% effort at all times. I’ve also learned that in any situation you have to be flexible and adaptable. Good things don’t come easy and we as a team are ready to face whatever comes at us.”
The PHS volleyball girls have a very busy time ahead of them. Coach Sadler said, “It is what it is, have to get back at it.”