As the McNicholas Women’s Volleyball Team paved their way in the post-season tournament, school spirit meant more than ever to them. Not only did they receive support from their McNick family, but received support from Western Brown students as well.
During the 2016-17 school year, the Women’s Volleyball Team played against Western Brown at their gym. Although McNicholas won, Western Brown students, in particular Jacob Daniels, continued to show their support for McNick’s volleyball team. “[McNicholas grad] Adrian Ell asked me to come to [the] Anderson [game] and I came to know the volleyball team,” Daniels said. Ell was on the volleyball team before graduating this past year. Daniels, who is now a senior at Western Brown, came to surprise the volleyball team during their game against Anderson this year. “He brought spirit to the game,” said Caroline Pour, a sophomore on McNick’s Women’s Volleyball team. “He was the loudest guy in the stands.”
In school competitions, Daniels said that he values sportsmanship and taking pride in school spirit, which is evident in his constant support for the volleyball team. “It shows how something so little as a high school sport can bring people together,” senior varsity volleyball player Grace Turner said.
Heather Cooper, principal of Western Brown High School, commented particularly on last year’s game. “It was a great game athletically, plus the students just made it really fun. Your JV and our student section had good clean fun, and it is refreshing to see that kids can be competitive and respectful and polite all at the same time,” Cooper said. “We really try to emphasize good sportsmanship and school spirit…I absolutely love when great kids bond from other schools for good things.”
The Women’s Volleyball Team ended their season at the District Tournament on Oct. 18 against Kenton Ridge. Scores were 20-25, 23-25, and 16-25.