By Miranda Kaste
“All it takes is all we’ve got” is the new slogan for the powerful Muskie Volleyball team, this year. Going into the season with all new coaches, no one knew what to expect exactly. “I love the new coaches” staid Katie Shoultz, a senior. Tim Martin and Jen Gibbs are now the head Varsity coaches for Muscatine. Martin’s goals are to “encourage leadership, support academics, challenge everyone to work harder, and have fun.”
One way that the girls build relationships with their teammates is their “vertical challenge teams.” There are multiple teams and they each consist of at least one girl from each grade. “Having the vertical teams has helped me get a lot closer with the upperclassmen” mentioned sophomore Josefina Garcia. The girls do different challenges and have team bonding with their small teams. For each time a team gets together, that team gets points and at the end of the season, the points determine who gets a prize.
Stacked with thirteen seniors and five juniors, the varsity girls have big goals for the year. “I think our drive and passion is what is going to help us reach our goals,” said senior Olivia Carrasco. The team was undefeated going 4-0 in the MAC until they played Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley, their hardest competition this year. However, they play Assumption coming up and Carrasco said “we really want to beat Assumption since we have lost to them three times already.”
The younger girls also have their goals of their own. Garcia’s goal is to, “possibly get moved up to varsity. I want our team to work together and play our hardest.” The new sophomore coach is Stephanie Aguero. At the freshman level the new coach is Brooke Lodge. Having new coaches at the freshman level might be more comforting because they’re new to the program as well as their coach. There are learning experiences for everyone.
The Muscatine volleyball program has been a successful program and almost always holds multi-sport athletes. This year, the varsity team has 4 Division 1 athletes including Shalyn Greenhaw for volleyball, Katie Shoultz for softball, Rachel Beatty for softball and Emily Clemens for basketball. Their season has been going well so far and will be exciting to watch the rest of the season.