Lake Mary Prep has had a momentous and successful 2021-2022 volleyball season for both the girls junior varsity and varsity teams. With both experienced and inexperienced members, the girls showed a significant amount of growth throughout the seasons, resetting some groundbreaking school and program records. This year, the junior varsity team co-captains were juniors Khushi Mehta and Arianna Kamvar, while junior Abby Petrousky was the captain for girls’ varsity. Although the varsity team lost in a tough game in regional semifinals, the girls had one of the best seasons in the program’s history. They ranked 19th in the state with an overall victory of 20-6. One of the prominent records was set by 8th-grader Maddey Cruse, who had 305 spikes, or kills, throughout the season. The team also won the LMP invitational and regional games for the first time.
Captain Abby Petrousky expressed her appreciation and close relationships with members on the team. When asked for her favorite memories and highlights, she stated that it was hard for her to choose since they had so many memorable moments.
“I have always loved the bus rides and hanging out with team members before away games. Some highlights were definitely when Carolina Hubbard got her first block, Lanie Varitek blocked a ball to win the first round of regionals, and how Maddey Cruse broke the school record for number of kills in a season,” said Petrousky.
The junior varsity also had some major victories in their non-conference games. With the guidance of junior Khushi Mehta and Arianna Kamvar, they worked very hard together to reach their goals set for the seasons.
“Even though our team included new people who have never played before, we proved that with hard work and dedication, we could evolve as volleyball players,” said Mehta.
The volleyball season closed up with a huge victory for the varsity’s team and a great ending for junior varsity. LMP is looking for more successful seasons of the program in the upcoming years.