Fall Sports Preview 2019: Girls’ Volleyball

Behind the power play of sophomore Kalli Wall, the Comets hope to claim a fourth straight GMC title this season.
8/29Centerville
9/5Oak Hills
9/9McNicholas
9/10Middletown
9/12Lakota West
9/14Olentangy Orange
9/15Columbus Power Tournament
9/17Lakota East
9/19Ursuline
9/24Sycamore
9/26Princeton
9/28Mt. Notre Dame
10/1Hamilton
10/3Colerain
10/8McAuley
10/10Seton

Indranshu Das | Sports Writer

Being a powerhouse in a sport is more than talent, it’s consistency. 

Albeit huge departures like 4 year varsity member Maggie King, this year’s Mason Girls Volleyball Comets will look to accomplish something that they’ve never done before: achieve a four-peat. 

Senior Bailey Flowerdew is excited for this season as her and her senior teammates are on a quest to bring the fourth consecutive Greater Miami Conference title this year–something that has never been done before. 

“Going through the grind the past three years with my teammates as given me a lot of experience and memories I will never forget,” Flowerdew said. “I am looking forward to giving it my all and having one last ride with my teammates, hopefully with the GMC title that we all are working for.”

Flowerdew, who played a key role in last years undefeated Conference record, said the culture of this program has motivated her, and the team to continue working hard and achieving their  goals. 

“Everyone on the team is really nice and gave me a warm welcome to the team when I joined the varsity group as an underclassman,” Flowerdew said. “Volleyball is a team sport and I love that about it since it isn’t all about yourself but rather about working together for a common goal.”

Junior Marilyn Popplewell knows that there is always room for improvement and is looking forward to picking up from where they left off last year, which was a bittersweet ending to the season

“Having that experience of playing in the District Finals was important and awesome to have,” Popplewell said. “We just want to get better and not finish the same way as we did last year.”

Being a student-athlete is no easy feat, and with the demands Comets Sports has, it can oftentimes be very stressful and tiring. Head Coach Tiann Myer, four time GMC Coach of the Year, believes that being a compassionate coach is very important to getting the best out of your players. 

“I believe that as a coach I have to adjust to the personalities of the team. However, my beliefs and my philosophy never changes regardless of the group I have each year,” Myer said. “Time management is a key aspect for players to understand and I too know that it is not easy to show up to practice after school with a ready to play mindset.”

Coach Myer said that she preaches a volleyball only mentality once those girls walk into the gym and despite it not always being 100% successful it has proven to yield them strong results week by week. Myer said she uses volleyball as a platform to help teach her kids important life skills that they need later in their careers. 

“Although I love the sport of volleyball and I love to be a coach, it is not my life,” Myer said. “I want these girls to know that too and show them that there is more to life than this sport. Being a good person by heart, a great time manager, and a team-player is all important in becoming the best you can be.”

Photo by Mia Sweitzer.

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