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Winning tradition continues at Western Christian

HULL, Iowa (KTIV) – Leadership and balance are two words that describe this years Western Christian volleyball team. The 2019 Wolfpack have seven seniors that have experience in big moments.

“The seniors, we all got to be a part of our team last year,” said senior Macay Van’t Hul. “We know what it takes to win a state championship and we all really try to just come here everyday and work hard and do our best and set an example for the underclassmen.”

“Our seniors are awesome,” said senior Tori Wynja. “It’s definitely helped to have such good leadership on the team and I think that our friendships together are really going to make this team make it far.”

The Wolfpack have five players with over 100 kills. Having all that talent on the floor at one time makes it hard for opponents to stop.

“We don’t have one big star,” said Head Coach Tammi Veerbeek. “But what we have is a lot of really good high school volleyball players. We’re very balanced. Our attack is balanced. Our setter destributes the ball really well.”

“It’s really fun to have it that way,” said Wynja. “There’s not just one person we’re looking to all the time. it’s fun that Olivia (Granstra) gets to set all different players and everyone is making plays and everyone is making digs in the back row. It just makes it a lot harder for teams to defend because you never know where the ball is gonna go and I think that is really an advantage for us this year.”

Western Christian Volleyball has a winning tradition. This trophy case is filled with 16 state championship trophies. 11 of them have come under head coach Tammi Veerbeek.

“We have a saying, tradition never graduates, so I think it’s hard to get away from some of that tradition and pressure here at Western,” said Veerbeek. “But I also think it’s what makes us successful is that we do have a taste of those state championships and what success feels like so we work really hard to get a chance to get back there and repeat.”

If Western Christian wins the state championship this season, Veerbeek will pass former Dubuque Wahlert coach Tom Keating for the most state championships as a head coach in Iowa history.

Devin Reiners

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