The Centennial High School volleyball team ended with a great season last year by placing 3rd at State, making it the best finish Centennial Volleyball has ever had.
However, after that season, the team lost nine valuable seniors, almost all of which are now playing at the collegiate level. Current senior Ayla Dew says, “Without the seniors from last year, not everyone knows their specific role they play for our team. It constantly pushes us and makes us work that much harder.”
The leadership on the team this year will have to come from the current seniors, including the remaining juniors from last year, Lexi Hall, Ayla Dew, Jordin Hopkins, Jasmine Kyler, and Miaya Peacock, also known as the “Fab Five.” The new transfer from Urbana High School Alayna Jackson and former Charger Sidney Butts will both be joining the team this year. The “Fab Five” plus two make the volleyball seniors be considered the “Sassy Seven.”
During an interview with one of the seniors, Ayla Dew, she was asked what she believes is the team’s greatest assest this year. She responded by saying, “We don’t rely on one player to carry the team. Our biggest assest is being able to work as a team. Everyone steps up when they are needed, and not one specific player shines.”
Counting the two tournaments they have competed in this year, their record is 13-3, with their only loses being to Normal U High, LaGrange Nazareth, and Glenbard West.
As a team, they have set goals to try and reach this year. A few of those goals include winning Conference, finishing in gold at all tournaments, and ultimately the biggest goal is to make it back to State.
The volleyball program t-shirts this year read “Unfinished Business” on the back. To them it is a reminder of what they have to work towards. “Last year we made it to State, but lost in the semis to Wheaton Saint Francis. We ended up only getting third. This year, we are finishing what we started; this year we are going to make it back and be the State Champions,” said Dew.