Elmwood Enjoying First Volleyball Season Alone

Trojans Playing Without Brimfield Help

ELMWOOD, Ill. - There's a different feel to the volleyball season at Elmwood High School this year.

"It's been amazing, we all just smile, have fun with every single thing we do," senior Holly Stratton said. "Even practices, sometimes we have music on Friday's. It's all fun."

For the first time since the 1980's, Elmwood has it's own volleyball squad. After years of combining forces with Brimfield and sharing players and resources, the Lady Trjans have the numbers to be on their own.

And they're loving it.

"Volleyball is a growing sport. Everybody is going to want to continue playing, especially after seeing how successful we're being right now," said junior Zofia Lehew. "They are going to want to play at Elmwood."

The Trojans are off to an 11-3 start and have split their two matches with Brimfield.

"When we have success at the high school level, we'll have a bigger participation at the junior high level and the lower levels," said coach Jen Stratton. "We are working toward building the program as muuch as we're focusing on this year."

If you think the girls were a lttle nervous this year, venturing out on their won withouth their Brimfield friends, think again. They say they couldn't wait to play games in their own school, on their own floor and in their own uniforms.

"There's a lot of pride to give something back to our school, by winning, winning a tournament, making people happy," said senior Jadyn Ginther. "We're a good show to watch."

Elmwood is a good show to watch now.

And the Trojans are hoping their program will hbe for a long time.

 


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