Girls volleyball team seeks first CL title
The Northwestern girls' volleyball team is vying for a Colonial League championship this fall.
This season is the first year that someone could utter that statement.
As the Northwestern girls' volleyball program enters its second season of existence, the Colonial League is entering its first fall sports season where they have girls' volleyball as a league sport.
"It is really great that the girls get to compete in a league," said head coach Amilee Schillinger, who has been on the coaching staff since the program's inception. "The girls deserve this opportunity and it is going to be fun and hopefully we can get some wins."
The Tigers' league brethren are Catasauqua, Notre Dame Green Pond, Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh.
Before the league season got underway this week, the ladies were competing against some other talent in District 11. On Monday night Northwestern welcomed Jim Thorpe from the Schuylkill League to New Tripoli and they competed in a grueling match.
The Olympians took the first game of the match to have the Lady Tigers win the next two, but Jim Thorpe won the fourth game to force the match to a decisive game five.
Senior captain Jenny VonHolt led Northwestern throughout the match, especially in the serving game as she contributed seven aces before it all was over. When it was all over after a pressure-packed game five, Northwestern edged Jim Thorpe 16-14 to take the match 3-2 and the non-league win.
Schillinger credited the success to her captains, such as the 5-foot-8 VonHolt.
"I think my captains have done a great job," Schillinger said. "They all have taken on the leadership role and have really stepped it up out on the court."
Junior defensive specialist, Sarah Overstrom, is typically the go-to-girl defensively. Monday night she served seven aces againt Jim Thorpe, including five straight to end game three and a powerful serve that was mishandled to end the match.
Overstrom articulated the team's high hopes for this season after Monday's victory.
"We are having a lot of fun this season," she said. "We are hoping to get wins as we go along and be able to compete in districts. We will see where it goes from there."
Juniors Sarah Malay and Nicole Generose are also players that could be big factors for this team as it goes through the brief league schedule that concludes on October 8 against Southern Lehigh.
Most of this team helped found the program last year and had great success considering it was a new varsity program. The players got some district playoff experience last season and would love to bring home their school's first, and the league's first, girls volleyball championship this season.