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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Maddie hits a powerful serve

"I hope that by showing them how much this sport means to me, that they will eventually feel the same way."- Maddie Hughes


The North Pocono Girls’ Volleyball Team has gained success this season with the help of the encouraging and motivating captains, Kelsey Kline, Maddie Hughes, and Ashley Darrow. They hold a current record of 3 wins and 4 losses and have been working tirelessly to prepare for the tough, upcoming games against Delaware Valley and Wyoming Valley West. Besides working on their defensive skills and strengthening their offense, they have developed close ties with each other, spending time together off and on the court.

Kelsey Kline, a busy student-athlete, has been influenced by the sport ever since she was a baby. She watched her brother play on the court all throughout high school and college. She grew up with the sport and mentions, “It’s in my blood.” The talented Kelsey Kline enjoys this sport simply because of the “team” aspect, and she also finds enjoyment in spending time with her teammates who have become her greatest friends. Kline is not only a great player, but also a solid role model and friend to her younger teammates. “I’m there for them… to cheer them up when they are feeling down,” she says. Before Kelsey steps on the court, she assures herself to play the best for her team and herself. She reveals, “I need to forget about everything else and just keep my mind on the game.”

Maddie Hughes, an important asset to the team, fell in love with the sport ever since she participated in a volleyball clinic in seventh grade. She devotes herself to the team by attending every practice to try to influence the younger girls. She says, “I hope that by showing them how much this sport means to me, that they will eventually feel the same way.” Maddie looks forward to the more competitive teams like Delaware Valley and Wyoming Valley West because they keep the pace of the game quick. She is determined to encourage the other girls during these tough matches by keeping up the energy on the court. Although she will miss her team, Maddie looks forward to the new experiences that college will bring her, and she hopes to study elementary education and special education.

Senior captain, Ashley Darrow, was so interested in watching her brother Matthew play volleyball, that she joined the team herself. She will always be most grateful for the bonds created within her team. She states, “We are like one big family, and we never stop laughing and having a good time with each other.” To prepare for the tougher opponents, Ashley reveals that they have been improving on their passing in order to easily get the ball to the target. With the hours of practice and hard-work, Ashley feels excited to see the outcome with the tough teams. As a captain, Ashley portrays kind qualities towards her younger teammates, making sure to always be there for them in times of need. Ashley adds, “The younger girls always joke around and call me ‘mom’ because I am always making sure that if anyone gets hurt, I check if they are okay and help them.” She hopes that these skillful girls will give it their all next season to see their hard work paid off. After high school, Ashley hopes to attend Temple University with a major in international business.






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