Cheyenne-Eagle Butte varsity volleyball team played Chamberlain this past week in the regional semifinals. C-EB lost its first match 22-25, won its second match 25-21, and lost its third match 25-27, falling to Chamberlain in a neck and neck competition that garnered both cheers and tears.
According to Coach Mary Mitchell, a C-EB alumni, volleyball player and current junior high teacher, the girls finished the season with a 19-13 record.
“The girls did amazing this season. They all worked hard, achieving the best of their abilities and never giving up. Our goal this season was working on being their best selves on and off the court, and I can proudly say they’ve achieved just that,” Mitchell said.
The C-EB Lady Braves volleyball team started the season with only 6 wins and 10 losses, but turned their record around Sept 29 going on an eight-game winning streak, and giving up only four wins, including the regional semifinal games against Chamberlain.
“The turn-around was about the girls accepting the things they can’t control and focus on things they can. As a team, we are there for each other no matter what, we would have ‘team talks’ confiding in each other on what’s going on in our lives not related to volleyball so each girl could see that everyone is going through things and that no matter what — we are there for each other. This helped immensely to give the girls empathy, and then once we could support each other in all of that, we would talk about leaving what we can’t control at the door and focusing on volleyball and bettering ourselves at every practice and every game,” Mitchell said.
The varsity squad loses nine seniors this year, with 6 returning varsity players.
“We have 6 returning varsity players that have a lot of potential, and had very good JV and C seasons as well, so I’m very excited for next season,” she said.
Mitchell also said that In the spring she will host open gyms and a weight training program to begin preparing for the 2019 Fall season.