All Area DVC Conference includes multiple girls’ volleyball seniors

As the girls’ volleyball team came to close with a positive attitude towards the end of October, the girls had much to be proud of this season. The girls were able to finish the season going 29-8 as their record along with thrilling wins against many of Metea‘s rivals.

While the girls were Conference champions and got to compete in the IHSA Regional tournament this season, a handful of the many seniors were selected and named to the DuPage Valley Conference All-Area Conference.

“It feels amazing, we have worked so hard to get to this point and always were confident in our abilities. To see something like that work out is amazing and inspiring,” said senior Mikaila Dowd.

Sydney Aitchison and Kailee Bass were named to the DVC All-Conference, and Emma Aske was selected to the DVC All-Conference. Sydnie Herrmann was named the DVC Special Mention All-Conference, and Mikaila Dowd was named Player of the Year of the DVC Conference.

“It was awesome to think that coaches recognized me, I thought that was really cool.  was really happy for my teammates who did get the All-Conference because it’s such a good award, and that’s so awesome for them,” said senior Sydnie Herrman.

A couple of the members of the team, like Bass, also received it or were mentioned last season for their hard work as well. “I’m super excited to get [the award], just like the mention of it. It’s also just remembering how awesome of a season we had and realizing that we had such a special team,” said senior Kailee Bass.

Other team members received more than just the All-Conference award this season. Dowd was named the Janor Sports Student Athlete of the Month of November along with her Player of the Year award. She was also recognized for having the most kills on the team and broke the career record kills for the volleyball program.

“Honestly there was only two awards I got that meant a great deal to me: getting the hammer award from my coach and teammates and breaking the career record kills. The hammer because it represents my worth ethic and dedication to my team. The career kill record because I’ve been working that for four years, and it felt amazing to finally get it. It represented my hard work, not just this year but all four years,” Dowd added.

While only a few of the members of the team are recognized, the whole team worked hard and showed much effort and dedication in every game they played this season. While the team was able to become Conference champions this season, the girls were able to leave an awesome legacy for the Mustang community to be proud of.

“I would say the most memorable part of the season was the little things about how close we were as a team. We were all just one family, and we just love spending time together,” Bass said.