Helias Volleyball digs for state title By Jenn Hassler

The Helias volleyball team is halfway through the 2016 season with a 10-1 record and high hopes for a state run.

The team spent the summer conditioning, position practicing, and competing in tournaments to train for the upcoming season. They also practice daily to prepare for weekly games and tournaments.

“We spend practices working on the fundamentals and game-like situations,” said middle and outside hitter Erin Wyrick. “This way we don’t even think about it in games, we just do it.”

With three seniors and all returning varsity players except for one, Helias is an experienced team.

“We have a lot of returning players,” said setter Lexy Lamb. “That usually never happens, but it gives our team a lot of experience.”

With 59 digs, 63 serving points, and 289 ball handling attempts, Lamb demonstrates what the team works on in practices. For her, she enjoys playing for Helias because of her teammates and the bond they have.

“We’re all really close,” said Lamb, “and the team chemistry that we have you can’t find anywhere else. Most of us have played together in club since 5th grade or at some point.”

Wyrick has had 35 kills, 15 blocks, and 7 digs so far this season. Part of Wyrick’s success as well as part of the team’s success, is credited to head coach Dave Harris.

“Dave takes what he does very seriously and expects the most out of us,” said Wyrick. “He keeps his composure well which helps us keep our composure.”

Bradi Berhorst, libero, has 71 serving points, 97 digs, and 111 receptions so far this season and also holds high expectations for the team.

“I expect our team to continue having a very strong season and to keep improving,” stated Berhorst. “Hopefully all our hard work pays off leading us to the final four.”

Winning state in the 2014 season and winning districts in the 2015 season, makes the team hopeful for another run at state.

“To make it to state, we have to focus on pushing ourselves and our teammates to the limit every practice,” Berhorst said. “Consistency, starting games off strong, and not getting down on ourselves while on the court are a few factors that will increase our chances.”

With the sectionals changing, the team Helias lost to will no longer play in the same sectional as the Lady Crusaders.

“That helps some,” said Wyrick. “Not that we couldn’t beat them but the factor that we don’t play them again helps our mindsets.”

Helias is back in action at Rolla on September 13, with JV at 5 p.m. and varsity to follow.

“You can count on us to make it far this year,” Wyrick stated. “I’m really confident in what we have.”

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