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Looking to get back to “normal”

POSEN, Mich. — Since Aug. 12, the Posen Vikings volleyball have been practicing outside, hoping they would have a 2020 season. Well as of now, their wish came true. On Aug. 20, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) allowed high schools in the Upper Peninsula and much of the northern Lower Peninsula to compete in fall volleyball, swimming, and soccer. Monday was the first day the Vikings returned to the gymnasium for the first time since Nov. 2019.

“I’m excited to be back in the gym, I really missed it,” said junior Makayla Kamyszek. “When we were outside, the sun was always in our eyes and it was a struggle.”

Eighth year head coach Michelle Styma believes that playing volleyball outside has helped the girls out a lot, especially with their footwork. “Their feet are moving quicker indoors, because they get traction,” said Styma. “We are just fortunate that we were able to play outside, but to be inside is just amazing.”

Styma has seven returning players to this year’s squad, including two all-conference players (Kamyszek and Madison Menzel). The expectations for this team remain high as they are looking for their second district title in program history.

“Obviously, the ultimate goal is to do well in districts,” said junior Elizabeth Romel. “As a team, we really want to grow together and be able to compete at an ultimate level.”

At this time, the Vikings don’t know when their season will start.