Junior class: More than waiting their turnPublished 11:09am Wednesday, November 6, 2013
This year’s senior class on the Fergus Falls girls volleyball team has made their mark on the program’s history, building an impressive high school record as well as earning its first ever qualification for the state tournament.
But following close behind is the talented junior class trio of Ashley Reinertson, Kate Groesbeck and Amber Boese, who have lent support at the net and on defense for the Otters this season. Each night, the group has learned from the talented class in front of them and will look to continue the success into the coming year.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Reinertson said commenting on playing with the group. “It’s good experience to play with people who are so good because a lot of teams don’t get to do that. It’s a lot of playing with people who are so experienced.”
From practice to the game floor, the experience has meant new skills and a higher level of learning for the younger class.
“I learned how to set pretty much from Brianna (Rasmusson),” Groesbeck said. “When I got here, I had never set a ball in my life and I watched Bri and learned everything I know from her.”
Having finally broken through to the state tournament after finishing runner up in two straight section finals, Boese said the group understands the importance of these final games for the seniors.
“I really hope that they understand we are doing all we can to help them,” Boese said. “I hope we go far of course, like every team, but I hope they understand that we’re doing our best to help them go as far as they can.”
When the year finally ends, the senior group will have left plenty behind. Head coach Renee Erickson believes their mentorship will carry on.
“I think the juniors have taken their role and done a great job with it this year,” Erickson said. “They have a tough crew in front of them and they have for lots of years, knowing that senior class is in front of them and is very talented. I think they’ve taken pride in their role and bring the same attitude and work ethic that the seniors come in with … (The seniors) have done a great job encouraging them and motivating them all the time to just get better and better.”