Wolves Volleyball: Regular Season Recap

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By: Mackenzie Butler

The team huddles together, cheering, after winning a long rally.

Annabel Lawrence, Staff Reporter/Sports/Investigative

This volleyball season has had its fair share of challenges for Timberline Varsity Volleyball, who end their regular season with an in-conference record of 5-4. The season started off strong, with two dominant, straight set wins against the Borah Lions on Aug. 31 and the Meridian Warriors on Sep. 8. Next up was an absolute battle with Centennial, in which Centennial took the first two sets. Yet even with the Patriot’s taking the first two, the Wolves persevered through it, winning the next two. In the fifth and final set, a gritty battle took place, where the Wolves unfortunately lost, making the final score 3-2, Patriots. Just two days later though, they played Borah for the second time this season and won dominantly once again, 3-0. 

The toughest game of the season followed the second Borah win, in which the Wolves had to face the Skyview Hawks. Skyview Volleyball are the defending state champions, and ranked #1 in Idaho. Still, the Wolves put up a great fight and showed strength and perseverance. The next game back at home was against the Mountain View Mavericks, where the Wolves took the first set and lost the next three. Another 1-3 loss occurred at Eagle the following week. 

After a string of tough losses, Timberline was determined to finish the season off strong. And a strong finish it was. Away at Capital, Timberline swept the Eagles in three sets! At home against the Owyhee Storm, Timberline swept the Storm in three sets! They were joyful wins, and certainly got the Wolves back on track. After two composed games, it was time to get serious about the last away game of the regular season against Rocky Mountain. The Wolves put up a serious fight, and the game was taken to the fifth set for only the second time this season. Timberline ended up winning the fifth set after a challenging game. Heading into the last week of regular season play, this winning streak would stay alive during two fun last home games. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, it was the pink-out game against Kuna, benefitting the Susan G. Komen foundation. Actually, the Wolfpack fans raised over 400 dollars for breast cancer awareness and research, which was made sweeter by a 3-0 Wolves win. 

The very next day was an emotional senior night at home, where there was laughter and tears. Core players from the Timberline team are seniors, and it was hard for everyone to see them in one final home game. As they walked out, claps and cheers echoed throughout the gym. The Wolves took another straight set win, and it was a beautiful way to end the regular season. 

Looking forward, the Wolves are determined to perform well at Districts, where they will play their first game at Mountain View High School against Capital. (Update: they won! Wolves advance to play Centennial, 5 p.m., Monday 10/18 at Mountain View High School)