The JV volleyball squad for Gull Lake High School has a regular season record of 4-0-0, not including tournament and preseason play. As a team that consists of ten sophomores, most of the players have been together since middle school. This is the second year Gull Lake has competed in the SMAC East and this group of 10th graders showing has improved. Playing a schedule that consists of many conference matches, they have found a way to stay ahead.
Sophomore Olivia Sullivan said she attributes much of their success to the varsity team.
“Just by watching the varsity team play, we are motivated by how hard they work and their amazing teamwork,” Sullivan said. “We see them having the perfect passes and watching Leah Perri smash the ball. It makes us want to be able to hit that hard when we get to their level.”
The players give a large amount of their credit to their coach, Eric Belz.
“He’s a really good volleyball player himself, so just by watching he motivates me. He is always pushing us to get better,” Sullivan said.
The Gull Lake freshman, JV and varsity volleyball teams currently have winning records. The varsity girls look to stay on top of the conference throughout the final weeks of the season and make a deeper run into the tournament, as they failed to defeat Rockford in the state quarterfinals last year. Girls on the JV team will have a chance to make varsity next year, as they are graduating three seniors.
With the season over halfway done, the JV team looks to continue their successful season. Upcoming matches include Harper Creek, Sturgis and Jenison. An end of the year SMAC Tournament is also still on the schedule. Their talent will be put to the challenge as they take on some of the best schools in the conference.
By Jeffrey Adamski