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The award-winning voice of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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The Lady Warriors win against Walton whose winning streak wilts

Rosalyn Schwanke
The Varsity volleyball game September 19 embodied action as the Lady Warriors faced off against Walton’s Raiders. Leading up to the game, NC’s team jittered with anxiety due to a multi-year rivalry between the teams. The NC Lady Warrior volleyball team won in 3-1 sets, a thrilling result for the anticipation-filled players. Now, the team moves on through regions, incredibly motivated to win.

Eagerly awaiting the varsity volleyball game September 19, parents and fans flooded the stands of the NC Arena. The NC Lady Warriors (30-8) faced off against the Walton Raiders (15-7) in an integral game for both teams. The game decided who moved on in the region.

NC beat Walton in 3-1 sets, a major accomplishment for the team. In the time leading up to the game, Walton actively tried to intimidate the Warriors with an intense warm-up. It seems, however, that the intensity served them poorly in the long run by likely expediting the players’ fatigue. After the first set, which ran neck-and-neck until Walton won at 25-21, NC dominated the following two. After maintaining a heavy lead that nearly closed toward the end of the set, the Lady Warriors won the second set 25-21. Again they beat the Raiders 25-17 in set three, and to settle it, beat them 25-15 in the fourth and final set of the game. Through it all, NC’s crowd of fans and onlookers cheered and chanted in favor of the victors.

Prior to the game, the announcer read out the names of the members of the white, navy and orange middle school volleyball teams, from Barber, Palmer and Awtrey. The groups looked at the crowd with pride before moving to the stands to energetically cheer on their older counterparts. The encouragement likely helped significantly due to the stakes involved in the game.

Prior to Tuesday, players not only focused intensively on their skills but also their mindsets. With the knowledge that Walton’s energy and impressive offense acts as a major challenge against NC and the long-running rivalry between the teams wrought the players with anxious hope leading up to the game. This anxiety further affected the team due to the eight years without a win for the Lady Warriors against the Raiders.

“I’m really excited for the game because, in years past, Walton has been our biggest competitor, and since we already lost to Cherokee in our region, if we beat Walton, we have a chance to be first in [the] region this year. In the past, we’ve lost to them because we were thinking they were a really good team, but in reality, they are a very beatable team. If we go in with the right mindset, it’ll change everything.” NC junior outside hitter and defensive specialist Sarah Boyle (7) said.

Between Walton’s outside and middle hitter Sophia Henry (16) running into a referee standing on a ladder, to the second set when a member of NC’s team landed in the splits to pass the ball successfully, a palpable desire to win permeated the entirety of the game. While each member of the team played impeccably in the game, defensive specialist Itoro Okpok (6) and libero Hannah Nicholson (9) stood out for their consistent ability to powerfully hit the ball regardless of how far it flew.  

“The hard work has paid off for my peers on varsity and I’m really proud of what I have done in addition to what all my teammates have done. Going into the end of the season, I think we have a real possibility of winning the state championship after beating Walton and eventually winning regionally, so I just feel really proud of everybody. All of the long tournaments and the long practice days; they’ve all been for something and paid off in a way,” magnet senior and right-side hitter Imani Mensah (11) said.

Looking forward, the Lady Warriors can progress through regions and into the state level. Their highly competitive spirits combined with their proactive attitudes may bring them through to the win. With less than one month left of the season, ongoing cheers and encouragement from NC fans will necessarily help the team’s morale.

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Rosalyn Schwanke, Reporter
Rosalyn Schwanke is a sophomore at NC. She adores vintage fashion and music. Though she now loves reading and writing, particularly poetry, in her earlier childhood she hated anything that made her crack open a book. Her personality differs wildly depending on her environment, but she wants to learn something from her environment no matter where she is. She is a member of several clubs around the school and outside of it and is the social media manager of the NC chapter of Key Club. Her free time is dominated by music, books, journaling, creating things and makeup. While the future seems foggy to her now, she knows she wants it to hold a positive impact, no matter the size. 

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