November 13, 2017

Student Guest Column: Playing Like a Team


The varsity volleyball players at Cape Hatteras Secondary School are certainly getting used to saying the phrase “We won!” 

As the stands fill with friends, family, and neighbors, the girls warm up. When asked what the dynamic on the court is during this pre-game prep, the varsity and junior varsity volleyball coach, Mrs. Christine Van Atta answers “It’s sort of a nervous excitement, if that makes any sense. Also, determination.” 

I asked about the team’s goals as well. “We want to be top four in [our] conference, serve 90% over every game, attack back row, and be a team,” Coach Christine concludes. 

“We have strong serves, great middle attacks,” she says when asked about the team’s strengths. “Also, we are young.” 

Mrs. Van Atta and Coach Ratliff, the middle school volleyball coach, are trying to build a volleyball program. Not only do they want to improve the current varsity players, but they also want to prep the next wave of Hurricane volleyball players for the upper level as well. 

It’s no secret that the ladies on the high school teams are also doing very well individually. In overall conference, Finni Harmon has the number one hitting average, Maya Damitio had the most kills, Rubie Shoemaker is leading the assist category, and Morgan Fairbanks has blocked the most hits. The ladies o the Cape Hatteras volleyball program are talented, and I couldn’t imagine our school being better represented. Good luck Lady Canes!

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by CHSS student Rennie Parker. The Island Free Press is delighted to be working with journalism students and writers from CHSS this year, and will be posting their work in our Commentary & Guest Columns page as they continue to grow into exceptional journalists.

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