School is in full swing once again, which means fall sports are back! Here is a little preview of what to look for from the respective teams this season.
The boys soccer team is off to a 2-0 start this year after beating Heritage Christian (1-0) and Lutheran (6-0). The team is hoping that their streak will carry over into a tough second week, having home games against Bethesda and Zionsville. The team is rallying around the leadership of senior captains Noah Matthews, Trent Thomas, and Julien Webber. After a tough loss to Guerin Catholic in the sectionals last year, the team is back and fired up to prove that they are a powerhouse program. I sat down and had a lengthy discussion with Noah Matthews. Here is what he had to say:
“Many key players graduated last year, but we have a huge senior class this year that is setting great examples for the younger players. I am really looking forward to sectionals this year, because the loss last year was tough to swallow. My personal goals this year are to not let anyone score, put a few in the net myself, and most importantly, look good doing it.”
After a strong sectional run last year, the girls soccer team is back to wreak havoc once again. The team has gained many new players, including Brazilian phenom Paola Buttini. While the team is very young, they are learning how to play with each other quickly and adapting very well. Senior captain Bailey Priest says she is “really looking forward to improving game by game and spending time together.” She says that the team has “really done well as far as bonding goes.” Bailey hopes to score a couple goals this year, win as much as possible, and have a memorable final season as a Blazer. The team is getting better each game, and growing as a unit. The future looks bright for this team of young superstars.
The volleyball team has looked very strong in their showings this year, winning two out of three games in this past weekend’s tournament. The team has a great mixture of veterans and newcomers who combine to form a team that no one wants to mess with. Senior leader Ellie Klemsz says that she is looking forward to “playing with my girls and seeing what we can accomplish this season. In particular to playing ISI and ISD because they have always been strong rivals.” Ellie hopes to continue improving her skills at the net, but also be able to play all the way around by the end of the season. She is sure that if the team communicates, works hard, and plays together they have the ability to do great things and show people that University volleyball is a force to be reckoned with. Look for good things from this team throughout the season.
The girls golf season is underway, and the team is showing signs of improvement in every match. There have been a lot of great additions to the team this year including freshman Jenny Bruemmer. Jenny has been one of the lowest scorers on the team throughout these first few matches. I talked to Jenny about her experiences this year on the team. She is relatively new to golf, but she has picked it up quickly thanks to the help of her parents. Jenny is really looking forward to the bus rides this year, and hopes to shoot in the 40’s consistently. Girls golf is surely going to be an exciting season to be a part of this fall.
The XC team is off and running once again, and looking strong while doing so. Just recently, both the boys and girls won against International School and Horizon Christian. There have been great showings by Sam Klarquist and Cyan Cosby. Cyan has returned from a great last season, in even better form, breaking the school record once again. I had a chance to sit down with Daniel Healey, and here is what he had to say.
“I’m really looking forward to watching the team improve throughout the season. This team has a lot of potential to be great. My personal goal is to get below 26 minutes. With hard work, determination, and perseverance I believe that goal is attainable. Hopefully, with the new IHSAA rules we can get some runners into regionals from both teams.”
Although the meets are away from home, if you travel to watch you will not be disappointed. The XC team means business this year.
The tennis team put in a lot of work this summer, and it has translated into the season beautifully. After a 5-0 match against Danville, the team is on a roll and will be very difficult to stop. I had the distinct pleasure to sit down and discuss the season with the living legend himself, Eric Metzman. He stated that, “under the leadership of Brian Pulawski, losing is not an option. I plan to annihilate every single team that we face. I want the other team to walk off of the court in tears. I am personally guaranteeing a victory against Carmel and you can quote me on that.” These words of confidence are evidence of the motivation and drive possessed by the tennis team this year. There will surely be a lot of great news emanating from this team when they get deeper into the season.