Smashing Records on the Court


photo by Jack Goetz

Breaking a record for the most assists in a single game, McKenzie Seagraves sets for Madison Rigsby in the October 11 game against Clayton. The Pirates went on to win 2-1.

Ava Bearskin, An'Yah Henry, and Kendall Perine, Staff Writers

The Pattonville Pirates’ Varsity Girls Volleyball team were 20-9-1 and won their first round of districts before falling in the second round to Francis Howell Central.

The team broke several records this year, as well. Gabi Chan broke an 11 year record for digs in a single season, Keeley Peters and Samantha Schuler both joined the 500 Kill Club while Madison Rigsby reached 100 blocks for her career. McKenzie Seagraves also set a new record for assists in a game in a single season. In addition, Paige Rowland set a Pirate record for most kills by a freshman.

Throughout the season, the team  set their sights on post-season play. According to Madison Rigsby, the team was hoping to go to state. Before going to games, Madison liked to hype up her team with “cracking jokes, staying positive, and having lots of energy.” She says that the team’s confidence came from growing as a team and not letting losses drag them down and hold them back from learning.

Coach Walsh got the team ready for big games by making a plan before games and then telling the girls to stay aggressive and hit hard. Parkway North had been Pattonville’s biggest rival this season. In advancement, they played against Parkway Central and Howell Central, who are, according to Coach Walsh, hard teams to beat.

Captains Keeley Peters and Samantha Schuler kept the team cool and on their feet and helped to lead their team to a victorious season. Unfortunately, Pattonville’s Varsity Girls Volleyball team lost districts this year but are hoping that they can take districts next year, as they should have a lot of returning members with experience and drive.