FULTON — The sound of a volleyball hitting the gym floor at Stan Borgman Court echoed through the sizeable crowd in attendance for a scrimmage game.
Varsity was matched against the sophomores as the Fulton Steamers invited family and friends to watch a scrimmage game before the regular season began.
The energy was high for the scrimmage as a result of the energy, enthusiasm and intensity that the Steamers have on the court this year. That energy is fueled by a combination of underclassmen called up and returning players who have put in the work and want to improve on last year’s underwhelming season.
“They have energy, they have the love for the game and they have the want and the drive to be here, and that’s going to take them even farther.” Steamers coach Stacy Germann said.
The energy and drive on the court breeds teamwork and consistencies on the court that are heightened by returning setters Rachael Beiermann and Olivia Edfors. Setting was a weakness last season as both girls were learning the position, but now that they have the experience, the confidence is growing and becoming contagious.
“I’m a lot more comfortable because I’m a lot more used to it,” Edfors, a senior, said. “Last year it was a little more difficult just because it was my first year so I was always worried, but I’m a lot more comfortable now just it being my second year.”
Nowhere is the team’s energy more evident than in senior Marla Stoecker, who keeps things fun on the court for her teammates, going all out when the ball in play. Stoecker has a tenacity for the game that she spreads to her teammates during both games and practice.
“To play to the best of my ability and to dominate,” Stoecker said with a wry smile on her face about expectations of herself and the Steamers.