Luke Hare, Staff Writer
In a year that plagued our girls with injuries before the season even began, the Saints’ volleyball team has battled through plenty of adversity. Not only did they have to deal with that, but coming off a season where they were replacing over half of the team with new faces, and seven of the eight new players being true freshman, was going to be challenging as well.
One of the ladies, whose season was cut short due to injury was sophomore middle blocker Emily Gooding. At the time of her injury she was leading, and is still currently leading, the Saints in blocks per set as well as service aces per set. While injuries something that is never planned on for the season, it is something that helps you develop as a player and a teammate.
“This injury was out of my control, and I have really missed being on the court with my teammates,” said Gooding. “Even though I couldn’t do anything to change what happened I just had to move on and be there for my girls. I’ve been taking the positives out of this situation and one of the main things that I have noticed is the how much closer I have become to my teammates.
“Since I’m not playing, I get to focus on my teammates and how I can help them out. And a lot of that is just learning more about each other and becoming closer.”
Another thing that goes far on a team that has to deal with this is the leadership of the upperclassmen. This is something that will be huge for the underclassmen returning next year to carry forward.
“Passion and kindness are two things I have learned a lot from our seniors,” said Gooding. “They have really shown these qualities on and off the court. All of them play with passion and love for the game and that is something I will always carry with me. They are also very kind and have always been there for me and my teammates, and this will be one of the things our team will miss the most. Our team will have to fill the hole of our talented and amazing seniors leaving, which will be no small task, but I am excited to see all of the growth this will bring out of us.”
Though the season did not play out how they wished, there are a lot of things they can move forward with. The Saints will have both of the setters, middle blockers, defensive specialists, and a right side and outside hitter with experience returning next year. Also, for the first time in school history since joining the NCAA, the Saints Volleyball knocked of Northwest Nazarene University. Leading the way with points for the Saints is senior right side hitter Megan Vernoy with 330 points, followed closely behind by senior outside hitter Rachel Gondrezick with 282.5 points, and junior right side hitter Ililani Kamaka, with 237 points respectively.
Finishing out their careers at Saint Martin’s will be in the history books for Gondrezick who has 784 kills, which is sixth all-time and close behind is Vernoy, who has 729, good for sixth in school history. Gondrezick and Vernoy also fall into the record books in the points category, where Gondrezick has 876 points sixth all-time and Vernoy has 834.5 points, seventh all-time. Misner ranks second in school history in digs per set with 3.86 for her career and did even more spectacular this season with 4.87 digs per set ranking the most in a season in school history.