The Casady Women’s Volleyball team has been in a slump for the past few years, and finished with a record of 8-18 last year. The team has struggled to make the SPC Tournament in over 10 years. The Cyclones’ struggle exists for many reasons, including coaching changes and inconsistent play. However, last year, a glimmer of hope appeared as the team won 8 games–much more than previous years. This year, that glimmer has sparked Casady Women’s Volleyball into a new era.
Team Captain Anna Payne (’19) is the only senior on the team. She has noticed a transformation of the program over her four years, stating that this year, “there is a new energy and the girls really want to work hard to win.”
With only 4 returning varsity players [Anna Payne, Olivia Uhland (’20), Ellen Shafer (’21), Annakate Ross (’20), Celine Vuong (’20)], the team needed some new and fresh talent. Jaiden Lydick (’20), Georgia West (’22), Jordyn Turner (’21), and Lizzie Lees(’22) top the list for new players. These new players have definitely made an impact on the attitude of the team.
According to Team Captain Anna Payne, the team’s goals the last few years have been to “change the culture of the team,” but now “it’s time to win games.” Talent doesn’t mean anything if it fails to work hard. However, that is not the case for the Cyclones. Anna Payne declares that the team has “bought into [their] goal for the season,” which is “to give everything [they] have” in order to win.
With their first time on the court together, the Cyclones placed second in the Bethany Invitational. The Team went on to win 7 of their first 10 games. Already on a hot start, the Cyclones will look to only improve as the season goes on and SPC counters begin.
This season marks a new and exciting time for the Casady Women’s Volleyball team for they have a chance to have a winning season and a chance to make the SPC Tournament for the first time in over 10 years. Anna Payne claims that “this [season] is definently the best opportunity [they] have” at making SPC.