BA volleyball finding its groove

The Broken Arrow girls varsity volleyball squad kicked off their season on a good note this year. The Lady Tigers hold a 10-4 record heading into the latter part of the season, and head coach Ian Bullen is optimistic that his team is prepared to finish the year strong.

“We will rely on senior leadership to push the entire team to work hard and stay hungry for success,” Bullen said.

Broken Arrow is bringing back five seniors from last season, and that amount of experience earned the team a preseason ranking of #7 in the state. The Lady Tigers have gone 3-0 over the past two weeks as the team starts to find a rhythm midway through the season.

“We are good, but really need to push harder to be an elite team. All four of the teams who have beaten us are currently ranked higher [than] we are,” Bullen said. “In order to be one of those elite top ranked teams we will have to rack up a few wins vs that kind of team.”

One thing Broken Arrow volleyball always strives to have is solid teamwork. Senior defensive specialist Julia Bercher is a leader on the court and knows how valuable good teamwork can be.

“We are all very positive and uplift each other in every moment,” Bercher said.

The Broken Arrow team thrives on encouragement and enthusiasm in their games, and that positive attitude always lifts the teams level of play. Isabelle Hua, another Broken Arrow senior, knows the team’s uplifting spirit is invaluable to their success.

“The team is full of talented and hard-working individuals and we help each other to the best of our abilities,” Hua said.

Broken Arrow took home first place in the Bishop Kelley tournament this past weekend, doing so for the first time in school history. The Lady Tigers will look to build off of the tournament as they take on Muskogee on Sept. 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Tiger Fieldhouse.