Jaguars volleyball team reflects on historic season after state
Topeka Before concluding pool play on Friday in the Class 5A state volleyball tournament at the Kansas Expocentre, Mill Valley coach Whitney Revelle gathered with her team one last time.
After a season in which the Jaguars were undefeated in league play and advanced to their first state tournament, two earlier losses put the end of the road in sight. Rather than sulk, Revelle said, Mill Valley was determined to come out smiling, celebrating a banner year.
“We had nothing to lose,” junior Molly Oshinski said after the Jaguars fell to eventual champion St. James Academy, 2-0 (17-25, 12-25).
In defeat, Mill Valley’s narrative evolved from chasing a championship into reflecting on what got it there. Revelle said she could only smile when thinking about how far her first team traveled. She said her first year could’ve been a rough transition, but not an ounce of drama was present.
“None of these girls have ever been here and we’re facing teams that are here every year,” Revelle said. “We’re babies when it comes to this state atmosphere. But the good thing is we have something to build on now.”
Now, she’ll have the benefit of a team led by six seniors returning in 2013, a team hungry to return to a tournament with which it is now familiar. Juniors Oshinksi, Abby Ford, Hannah Billings, Alexis Crispin, Gabby Fangman and Taylor Cowan return, joined by sophomore Maddie Little and freshmen Micaela Crispin and Alicia Crispin.
“Now we know we can make it here,” Oshinski said. “Next year we’ll be so much better because we’re pretty much same team.”
The tournament marked a farewell for seniors Molly Kelley and Molly Miller.
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