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Wildcats win over South Storm
Mohammad Khan
Kerkman and Pockharel are looking up at the ball with Kerkman getting ready to spike the ball.. Elkhorn South had hit it over but it got saved. From that, Pockharel set the sike up. “I think the win was something that we really needed. We had been losing for a while,” Kerkman said. “ We had played them before and last time they beat us and we had to beat them this time.”

Millard West varsity volleyball had a game against Elkhorn South on 10-05-23. This was their fourth game against Elkhorn South but this time Millard West won 3-0.

The Millard West varsity volleyball is ranked 21st in the state and were against the 62nd-ranked Elkhorn South team. They pulled off a comeback against the Storm because they were losing at the beginning of the game. They had worked too hard just to lose this game that they knew could win. They put their all into winning this game, no matter the cost. 

“I feel that we kind of deserve it because we worked really hard,” freshman Mackenzie Morris said. “As a team, that was one of our best games the whole season.”

Although they did come out as the winners, the game wasn’t going as well for the Wildcats at the beginning of the game. It seemed that every time they started to get up on the scoreboard, Elkhorn South would add points back on the scoreboard. The wildcats would try every way to stop South Storm from gaining points. As the Wildcats were starting to think that they couldn’t stop the other team, senior Sierra Pockharel hit an incredible dig and stopped the point being given to Elkhorn South. 

“I think Sierra’s aggressiveness spread throughout the team and it made us fearless and gave us energy,” Morris said. “Stella and Sierra had over 20 digs.”

The team had done great on both offense and defense, but they were doing a lot better on their offensive side more than their defense. But in order to win, they needed both offense and defense to win the game. The Wildcats started to attack and try to score as much as they could and get on the scoreboard. They started to get closer to Elkhorn South’s score and then overtook them. 

“I think we did well at both attacking and defending throughout the game,” senior Halle Kerkman said. “I think we had a really good night of both but I think our hitting was better and I think we had a really good serving pass.” 

The players had a wide variety of emotions going through them throughout the game. The Wildcats were putting their all into this game. They wanted to come out victorious rather than defeated. The team was having a rocky season. Another loss couldn’t be added to their score, especially from a team they knew they could beat. 

“I was really proud and it was really good because it started to get fun and we had a good time all around,” Morris said. “ We had had a rocky season and it felt good to come back to ourselves and find who we were as a team.”

Although the players worked their hardest, they still needed someone to help them guide them throughout the game and give them inspiration if they were feeling down. Coach Joe Wessel did not disappoint.  

“I think he did a great job,” Kerkman said. “I don’t think we could have won without him coaching us.”

This game proved that the Wildcats were able to get through any obstacle and emerge victorious in the end. They gave the game their all and it proved that what they did was the right thing. As the season goes on, they will certainly win many more games and prove themselves.

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Mohammad Khan
Mohammad Khan, Staff Reporter
Mohammad is a sophomore at Millard West and this his first year on the CATalyst staff. He is taking Advanced Journalism and Broadcast Journalism this year. During the summer, he went to Pakistan to see his family. He enjoys listening to music and playing sports. His favorite sports are basketball, football and track. His favorite music artists are Tupac, Kanye West, Travis Scott and Metro Booming. His favorite song is “Right My Wrongs” by Bryson Tiller.

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