Volleyball: Monarchs set to defend their titles
After back-to-back league and valley championship wins, Monarch volleyball team moves up to Division I
By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10
EXETER – The Exeter volleyball team is coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history. With a clean 12-0 sweep of their league opponents, the Monarchs won the CSL and the valley title for the second year in a row. “Last year’s team will go down as one of the best teams in the history of Exeter,” head coach Samantha Hilvers said.
After dominating the competition, the Monarchs have moved up to Division I. They will be playing bigger and more competitive teams, but the goal is still the same as last year: defending their league and valley titles. They will be feeling the effects of losing six seniors from last season. They lost their top two leaders in kills and digs, plus three of their top leaders in aces. Despite those losses, Hilvers is still optimistic about the upcoming season. “Our seniors this year have really stepped up as leaders. They keep balance and they know what it means to battle and fight for championships,” Hilvers said
Several of this year’s senior class played a vital role in last season’s success. Grace Germaine led the team in aces and was second in points. She also led the team with over 800 assists. Julia Nelson was a defensive anchor, recording 64 blocks. That is nearly 30 more than the next person on the roster.