On Monday, Dec. 2, as a finale to the Intramural Volleyball Season, the champion team of the student tournament, the Basics, will face-off against the faculty of McNicholas.
The Basics, an all-freshman team, had a record of 4-2 going into the tournament, and were ranked 4th out of 12 teams. They secured the championship title with a narrow two point victory against ‘Team ;)’ in the finals. Fans are encouraged to attend to watch them as they go head to head with the faculty team, *S*M*A*S*H*.
“It’ll be an exciting game because it’s new,” Head Coordinator Julie Dumont said. “We thought it would be nice to start a new tradition. It will be a fun opportunity for the students to play the faculty, and a good way to end the intramural volleyball season.”
The members of the Basics are Emily Browning, David Collette, Madalyn Dobkins, Kayley Evans, Lauren Faust, Hannah Snyder, Ali Westerkamp, and Julia Williams. The roster for *S*M*A*S*H* includes teachers Chris Albanese, Stacey Berling, John Chadwell, Emma Colella, Barb Gilming, Cheryl Heise, Jennifer Highfield, Dave Jackson, Kyle Jepson, Bill Losekamp, Ashley Markesbery, Julie Muething, Kaitlyn Richter, David Sandmann, Michelle Semancik, Matt Wehrman, Carla Wessels, and Lauren Wulker.
Browning said she has loved playing intramural volleyball and she is excited for this final game. “I’ve enjoyed playing volleyball with my friends and being able to play for fun,” Browning said. “I think it will be fun playing against the faculty.” Browning said she believes the Basics have the advantage, since they’ve been playing together the entire season, while this will be the debut game for *S*M*A*S*H*.
Semancik said she believes the faculty team has pretty good chances. “We’re totally going to win,” Semancik said. “We have a very versatile team. We’ve been doing a lot of mental preparations.” Semancik also stated that she thinks it will be a really fun game for both teams to play and for fans to see. “It’s going to be fun because it features all the people who are usually in charge of [the students] embarrassing themselves.”
The game will take place after school at 3 p.m. in the main gym. Students are welcome to attend and support the Basics and *S*M*A*S*H*.