Centennial Volleyball always has a competitive season; they’ve gone into the postseason every year since I can remember. Coach Stan Bergman does a good job keeping his team on track during the season. With an overall 31-8 record, the girls had a great year.
They defeated Central at regionals and finished their season at super sectionals with a tough loss to La Salle-Peru, a tough team from the Chicago area. The senior girls are feeling bittersweet as their high school career comes to an end. The seniors leaving this year are Lexi Hall, Jasmine Kyler, Jordin Hopkins, Ayla Dew, Miaya Peacock, Alayna Jackson, and Sidney Butts.
These girls have been playing together for years, and that may have been the reason behind their winning consistency. When asked about the season, senior Miaya Peacock said, “It went by fast, way faster than I thought, but it definitely turned out way better than I thought it was going to; we made it way farther [than I thought].”
Even though they exceeded expectations, they still had high hopes for state and believe they should have won against La-Salle. The seniors are sad, but they have hopeful futures ahead. Lexi Hall is going to play for University of Illinois at Springfield. Jordin Hopkins is going to play for Illinois Wesleyan. Parkland’s big three next year will be Ayla Dew, Miaya Peacock, and Alayna Jackson.
So, despite the tough loss in Washington, the girls had a memorable season.