Orion Charger Volleyball


Rachel Bowers

The sound of volleyballs being passed back and forth between girls and lots of cheering is back at OHS. The varsity volleyball team kicked off their season Tuesday, August 23rd at home against Moline. It was a well fought game, but the team fell short in 2 sets. They then went on a 5 game winning streak, beating Ridgewood on Thursday, August 25th, and winning the Wethersfield Tournament on Saturday, August 27th. Unfortunately, the team lost their winning streak. On Tuesday, August 30th, the varsity team played at Rockridge, fought hard in 3 sets, but couldn’t come home with the win. Last night, September 1st, the Chargers fought hard, and pulled out the win in 3 sets against Erie-Prophetstown. They are now 6-2. 

I spoke with the 3 seniors on the team; Mary Mohr, Ariel Nelson, and Madeline Nightingale. 

“We have a great team this year and I am super excited to play with girls that I can easily connect with. I’ve had so many great memories with Orion Volleyball, and I am super sad that it is my last year. But as a senior, I’m stoked to be able to lead the team into an amazing season.”-Mary Mohr

“This 2022 season is hard for me knowing that it is the last time I am gonna be on the court. But, I am so proud of my team and the talent they have. I love the game and watching my teammates succeed and get better. Some team goals for the season are to beat some of the better Big 6 teams, and I know we can also. To just fully play as a team and keep the mindset we have right now because that mindset is what really keeps us going. I have a great feeling about this season as it goes on and I know we are gonna kill it.”- Ariel Nelson

“I am feeling very good about this season. There is a lot of talent all over the floor and I feel like we can go far in postseason. Winning the tournament was AMAZING! We fought hard all day and it felt so good and rewarding to come out with the win! I think as a team it gave us a boost of confidence telling us we can be as good as we want as long as we work together and support each other.”- Madeline Nightingale

The JV and Freshman teams are 3-1. They both beat Moline, Ridgewood, and Erie-Prophetstown, but fell short to Rockridge. 

The upcoming games are:

-Tuesday, Sept. 6th @ home vs. Sherrard (S.S. theme: Safari/Animal Prints)

-Thursday, Sept. 8th @ Riverdale

-Saturday, Sept. 10th @ Geneseo (Tournament)