Lady Vikings dig their way into the playoffs


Isaiah Adeleke

Spike! Lady Vikings score a point in a matchup against Marian Catholic H.S


The H-F Girls Volleyball team are in the playoffs and are ready to wreak some havoc on their opponents. 

The Lady Vikings finished the season at 15-17 and had a few challenges throughout the season.

Unlike most years, the Vikings have relied heavily on their younger players throughout the season.

“This season was challenging because we had a lot more underclassmen than we usually do,” senior Bianca Anderson said. “The reason it’s so challenging having that many underclassmen on the team is because we had almost an entirely new team and lineup and the chemistry wasn’t there to start the season.” 

However as the season progressed the Lady Vikings got better winning five games in a row from Sept. 25 to Oct. 4.

“I feel the reason we got better as the season went on was because our chemistry got better and we were used to playing with each other now”, Junior Alaina Barnett said.

It seems like team chemistry will play a vital role in the Vikings success during the playoffs.

“The team jells really well together and comes together during the most opportune times and clutch moments”, said assistant coach Amy Peto about her young squad.

The Lady Vikings didn’t end the season on the highest note losing their Senior Night volleyball game to Marian Catholic High School.

However these ladies do not let losses bother them for long.

 “You have to realize that time goes on and that you’re going to face adversity so just live in the moment and leave the past in the past.”, Senior Gabby Brown said. 

It was still a bittersweet night for the Seniors regardless, playing their last high school regular season volleyball game ever.

“It was really sad and overwhelming but I’m excited that I got to spend my last season with such a good team,” Senior Sarah Doane said. 

This group of seniors for the H-F was a very special group, Gabby Brown, E’nyah Wright, Jasmine Heyward, Bianca Anderson, Sarah Doane and Emma Dieringer all were key players throughout the season and helped their younger teammates out along the way.

“When I came back from injury the seniors were very encouraging and happy for me which helped me improve and get back to where I was in the past.” junior Alaina Barnett said.

With the playoffs coming up in no time these ladies are ready for everything coming and feeling as confident as ever. 

“We overcame a lot of difficulties, but as a team we persevered and we were able to make it this far and we don’t intend on stopping just yet!,” Anderson said.

The Lady Vikings play Joliet Central on Tuesday October 26 and Bolingbrook on Thursday October 28 if they beat Joliet Central. Let’s wish luck on our Lady Vikings for their upcoming playoff run!