ANAMOSA - There was a buzz in the air as the Anamosa volleyball program honored a whopping 11 seniors Tuesday, Oct. 1, as the team hosted winless Northeast in front of another big home crowd.

      For Raider volleyball coach Caitlin McVay, the night wasn’t just about defeating the Rebels in another River Valley Conference match, it was about getting all of her seniors onto the court for some action together and having some fun along the way.

      Mission accomplished on both accounts.

      “Not often do you have a class that can fill all the roles on a volleyball court,” said McVay, as her team was pushed to five sets by a scrappy Northeast team, but would eventually claim a roller coaster 25-16, 17-25, 25-7, 19-25, 15-7 victory.

      “Even less often can one class fill all the roles and be successful. I am so excited the seniors got the opportunity to play most of the night as a class for their last home game they will have in the Anamosa High School gymnasium. The girls, both on the court and on the bench had a ton of energy and most importantly had fun.”

      Seniors Abby Fairbanks, Gabby Gadient, Autumn Kirby, Maggie McQuillen, Kalli Minger, Olivia Nebergall, Serina Norte, Grace Steffensmeier and Mallory Whitmore all saw plenty of time on the court in the five-set triumph over the Rebels and gave fans plenty of cheer about throughout the marathon match.

      Senior volleyball managers Rachel and Raquel Griffin were also honored with the rest of the players during a ceremony before the start of the varsity contest.

      The seniors, who have been so instrumental in the revival of the Raider (14-9, 4-3) program over the last couple of seasons in the River Valley Conference, were able to walk of the home floor together as winners once again.

      “What a great way to reward the seniors for their hard work and dedication,” McVay said.

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